PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The U.S. Consulate in Port-au-Prince contacted presidential candidate, Jean-Charles Moïse, Thursday, to invite him to a meeting Friday morning. A day after news broke that the candidate for Pitit Dessalines had his visa revoked, observers believe the meeting could be in regard to a restablishment of the privilige to travel to the United States.
“They called me today (Thursday) and I have to meet them tomorrow morning (Friday) at 10 am,” said Moïse, a former senator and three-time Mayor of Milot. As his previous comments on that matter, he did not delve into further detail but did maintain the claim that his visa was and is revoked.
Many have speculated that the revocation was for political reasons. Among other locations, Pitit Dessalines hand scheduled to organize a protest at the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, located in the Tabarre district. In a press conference Thursday, Pitit Dessalines officials still maintained that their demonstration would still take place.
Candidate Moïse’s surrogates have been less subtle than the candidate and have denounced the decision of the American consulate to revoke the visa of their leader. On Tuesday, Mr. Moïse merely said that the United States grants visas and can take them away as they please, offering no other remarks.
Pitit Dessalines was engaged in the vote verification process initiated at the National Bureau of Electoral Disputes (BCEN) before abandoning to boycott the process. The party’s initial pleading had challenge that there were errors in the tabulation of votes, believing their candidate, should be part of a runoff election against PHTK candidate, Jovenel Moïse.