Clinton heads to Haiti to mediate political crisis

January 30, 2011 12:49

WASHINGTON  — US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will fly to Haiti Sunday to mediate in a political crisis there while other administration officials were keeping watch on violent protests halfway across the world in Egypt.

Clinton will meet with President Rene Preval and the three candidates vying to succeed him during her visit. She will also see a treatment center for the cholera epidemic that has killed almost 4,000 people.

Haiti's political crisis stems from a first-round presidential election in November that was marred by fraud.

The US wants Preval's preferred candidate, Jude Celestin, to bow out because the Organization of American States said he had the least support. The US warned that continued aid for Haiti's reconstruction from last year's earthquake is at stake.

Haiti's presidential run-off is in March.

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