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The central government of Haiti communication from the President of the United States transmitting notification that the central government of Haiti has achieved a transparent settlement of the contested April 1997 elections, and has made concrete progress on the constitution of a credible and competent provisional electoral council that is acceptable to a broad spectrum of political parties and civil groups in Haiti
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House document / 106th Congress, 1st session ;
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English
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United States -- President (1993-2001 : Clinton)
Clinton, Bill, 1946-
United States -- Congress. -- House. -- Committee on International Relations
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Democratization -- Haiti   ( lcsh )
Democracy -- Haiti   ( lcsh )
Elections -- Haiti   ( lcsh )
Transition démocratique -- Haïti   ( ram )
Démocratie -- Haïti   ( ram )
Élections -- Haïti   ( ram )
Politics and government -- Haiti -- 1986-   ( lcsh )
Foreign relations -- United States -- Haiti   ( lcsh )
Foreign relations -- Haiti -- United States   ( lcsh )
Politique et gouvernement -- Haïti -- 1986-   ( ram )
Relations extérieures -- États-Unis -- Haïti   ( ram )
Relations extérieures -- Haïti -- États-Unis   ( ram )
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federal government publication   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )

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"Referred to the Committee on International Relations."
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"September 28, 1999."

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106th Congress, 1st Session - - - House Document 106-133


THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OF HAITI






COMMUNICATION

FROM


THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

TRANSMITTING

NOTIFICATION THAT THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OF HAITI HAS
ACHIEVED A TRANSPARENT SETTLEMENT OF THE CONTESTED
APRIL 1997 ELECTIONS, AND HAS MADE CONCRETE PROGRESS
ON THE CONSTITUTION OF A CREDIBLE AND COMPETENT PRO-
VISIONAL ELECTORAL COUNCIL THAT IS ACCEPTABLE TO A
BROAD SPECTRUM OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND CIVIC GROUPS
IN HAITI


SEPTEMBER 28, 1999.-Referred jointly to the Committees on International
Relations and Appropriations, and ordered to be printed


U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE
69-012 WASHINGTON : 1999










THE WHITE HOUSE,
Washington, August 16, 1999.
Hon. J. DENNIS HASTERT,
Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Washington, DC.
DEAR MR. SPEAKER: Pursuant to the authority vested in me as
President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States,
including section 561(b) of the Foreign Operations, Export Financ-
ing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1999 (FOAA), as
enacted in Public Law 105-277, I hereby report to the Congress
that the central Government of Haiti: (1) has achieved a trans-
parent settlement of the contested April 1997 elections, and (2) has
made concrete progress on the constitution of a credible and com-
petent provisional electoral council that is acceptable to a broad
spectrum of political parties and civic groups in Haiti. Section
561(b) states that funds appropriated by the FOAA and made
available to support elections in Haiti shall not be restricted if I re-
port to the Congress that the central Government of Haiti has met
the two aforementioned criteria.
The first criterion in section 561(b) of the FOAA, a transparent
settlement of the contested April 1997 elections, was cumulatively
met by a public declaration by the Provisional Electoral Council
(CEP) on June 11 and the promulgation of the Electoral Law,
which was published in the national gazette Le Moniteur July 19,
and republished with corrections July 22. Taken together, these
two acts establish that 19 Senate seats will be run in the legisla-
tive and local elections projected for late 1999. Included in this
number are the two still-contested Senate seats from April 1997.
Article 63 of the Electoral Law specifically states "the number of
Senators to be elected in the upcoming elections shall be deter-
mined by the CEP." This authority is also provided in Article 16.
Article 130 states that the elections are to fill Senate seats vacant
by "fact or law."
Pursuant to its authority to determine which seats will be com-
peted, the CEP declared publicly on June 11 that it "has decided
to call elections to fill all Senate positions currently vacant, wheth-
er de facto or de jure, without distinction." In a number of subse-
quent public statements, as well as in private assurances to the
Embassy and others in the international community, CEP officials
explicitly and unanimously reiterated that because there are pres-
ently eight sitting Senators and the Constitution calls for a Senate
of 27 Senators, a total of 19 Senate seats will be competed, includ-
ing the two still-contested positions.
The second criterion, concrete progress on constituting a com-
petent, credible, and broadly acceptable CEP, was achieved March
16 when President Preval announced that nine-member body's
composition after consultations with the five-party Espace de




2
Concertation. Since that time, the CEP has performed in a com-
petent, even-handed, and credible manner and has been deemed ac-
ceptable even by parties and movements who stand in staunch op-
position to the government.
Sincerely,
WILLIAM J. CLINTON.

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