Haiti faces $300m aid loss over poll delay

US threatens to withhold vital funds because of a delay in holding elections, which are two years overdue.

    Haiti faces $300m aid loss over poll delay
    The money is earmarked for Haiti's coastguard, health ministry and other projects [AP]

    The United States government has warned Haiti that it risks losing aid if it does not hold elections that are more than two years overdue.

    The US Embassy in Port-au-Prince, the capital, said on Thursday that none of the money set aside for the Haitian government by the State Appropriations Act would be available until the US State Department certified that Haiti was "taking steps" to hold the legislative and local polls.

    The money at stake is about $300m that the US Congress had allocated for Haiti for the fiscal year 2014. The money is destined for Haiti's coastguard, health ministry and other projects.

    Haitian officials are under pressure to organise the elections for this year. The executive branch and Chamber of Deputies signed an electoral law this month, but the Senate has yet to approve it.

    SOURCE: AP


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