PORT-AU-PRINCE, Ouest, HT (sentinel.ht) – The photo was taken in the heat of Haiti’s presidential race in 2010, the year of the 7.0 earthquake. $13 billion [USD] in reconstruction money lay in the balance. It is President Bill Clinton and Youri Latortue. In Wikileaks-released U.S. Embassy cables, the 2004 Bush administration portrayed Latortue as a “mafia boss… drug dealer… the most brazenly corrupt of leading Haitian politicians,”
Senator Youri Latortue came to power with the 50th Legislature in January of 2016. This legislature was elected in an election in which 92% of its tally sheets were later found to be fraudulent. The Obama administration paid $33 million [USD] for these elections with U.S. taxpayer money and is opposed to any changes in its results.
In no time, the 50th Legislature elected Senator Latortue to head a Special Ethics committee to review the prior administration’s management of the country’s affairs. The admistration of President Michel Martelly was propped up in 2010, the year of the earthquake, by the Hillary Clinton State Department.
Latortue’s commission is being criticized for extorting former officials and private citizens in the case, furthermore based on the individual’s politics.