(L-R) US Ambassador Pamela White, President Michel Martelly and Stevenson Thimoleon during a recent event in Haiti
By Joe Colas
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) -- A majority group in Haiti's Parliament has expressed support for the US ambassador who has come under criticism from a number of opposition lawmakers for being too friendly with the Caribbean country's government authorities, who they claim may use such acquaintance to abuse power.
In a letter to the US president, 20 members of the lower chamber of Parliament called on Barack Obama to remove the US ambassador to Haiti, Pamela White. They accused her of being too close to Haitian government officials, who they claim have a plan to establish a dictatorship in the country, which a majority group has rejected.
"We categorically rejected the unacceptable accusations brought by a handful of opposition lawmakers against the US ambassador to Haiti," legislator Stevenson Thimoleon, chairman of the majority group, told HCNN on Tuesday.
"Ambassador White is one who is willing to work hand in hand with the Haitian government according to its priorities, instead of trying to impose her will on the Haitian people," said Thimoleon.
The majority group's leader said the country has more to gain with a respectful and cooperative ambassador than with a US diplomat that would be acting as an arrogant proconsul in Haiti, the first black independent republic in the world.
"Mrs White's correct attitude has helped to create a climate of mutual respect and conviviality between US and Haitian authorities," Thimoleon said.
"And I believe this can only be a good thing and this is what Haitians and Americans should hope for," he argued.
In the letter to Obama, the opposition parliamentarians said they are shocked "to witness the public support that your diplomatic representatives keep providing to government authorities often in violation of our dignity".
The minority leader, Sadrac Dieudonné, said Haitian President Michel Martelly has a plan to establish a dictatorship in the country with the support of Ambassador White.
"We condemn the conspicuous bias shown by Mrs White and her shameful submission to Mr Martelly's fantasies," Dieudonné who has repeatedly called for a mobilization to overthrow Martelly.
The 55-member legislative majority group, close to the government, also wrote to Obama to show support for the US Ambassador, who they say is doing "a job that honours the American government and the American people".
"The reason why some opposition colleague lawmakers and other opponents have a problem with Ambassador White is obvious," Thimoleon said.
"I believe it is because she does not support their evil plan to create instability and wage a coup d’état against president Martelly, who is an elected leader," Thimoleon stated.