Hilary Clinton heads to Haiti for crisis discussions


WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is flying to Haiti to mediate in a political crisis there while other administration officials are keeping watch on violent protests halfway across the world in Egypt. Clinton will meet Sunday with Haitian President Rene Preval and the three candidates vying to succeed him during her visit. She will also see 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 had the least support.

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