PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – After meeting with a gang of diplomats in Haiti calling themselves the “Core Group”, Gregory Brandt, uncle of the infamous Clifford Brandt, published a press note announcing his support for the continuation of the troubled electoral process.
|Brazil||Jose Luis Machado E. Costa|
|Canada||Paula Caldwell St-Onge|
|European Union||Javier Niño|
|France||Elisabeth Beton Delègue|
|Spain||Manuel Lorenzo García-Ormaechea|
|United States||Peter F. Mulrean|
Brandt wrote in the name of the Economic Forum, an organization of Haitian businessmen which was implicated in “back door meetings” that it claimed helped the Hillary Clinton State Department switch presidential election results in 2011.
The Economic Forum called on the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Pierre Louis Opont to get together with the presidential candidates in the runoff elections, the ruling party candidate, Jovenel Moïse, and Jude Celestin. It asked the CEP to ensure all the necessary guarantees so that the electoral process can have a credible result and not suffer from a deficit of legitimacy.
The note from Gregory Brandt comes at a time when Haitians are protesting for transparency and corrections to an election that has been determined to be wrought with fraud. Allegations include a role played by the United Nations and the Core Group.
The Economic Forum, which Brandt is writing for, also leads the sector and nominated the CEP’s president, Pierre Louis Opont, to the electoral council despite his controversies in the 2011 elections.
On July 3, 2015, Pierre Louis Opont, speaking on two radio stations, confirmed long-held suspicions of having changed election results on the orders of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills. This was in 2011 when he served as director general of the CEP which brought the current President Michel Martelly to power.
Gregory Brandt’s nephew, Clifford, was imprisoned under the government of former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe in 2012. The nephew Brandt is a long-time friend of President Michel Martelly and was accused by the Lamothe government of playing a top role in one of the most powerful kidnapping syndicates in the Caribbean. Brandt was in possession of a National Palace badge at the time of his arrest.