Political Crisis in Haiti Draws Help From Clinton

WASHINGTON (AP) - While the Obama administration keeps watch on violent protests in Egypt, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking to mediate in a political crisis in Haiti.

Clinton flew to Haiti on Sunday to meet with President Rene Preval and the three candidates vying to succeed him.

She will also visit a treatment center for the cholera epidemic that has killed almost 4,000 people.

Haiti's political crisis stems from a first-round presidential election in November that was marred by fraud.

The U.S. wants Preval's preferred candidate, Jude Celestin, to bow out because the Organization of American States says he has the least support.

The U.S warns that continued aid for Haiti's reconstruction from last year's earthquake is at stake.

Haiti's presidential run-off is in March.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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