"The President and I are concerned about the way we deal with people who hold dual citizenship and the perception that could create in the Haitian Diaspora. We are going to work on an amendment that would solve this problem once and for all," Alexis said.
The Haitian constitution, which was enacted on March 29, 1987, bans dual citizenship holders from voting or holding high political office. Haiti's Senate recently expelled two of its members for dual citizenship. The proposed amendment would re-enfranchise members of Haiti's large Diaspora.
The Prime Minister also announced the creation of a commission to investigate current citizenship status in accordance with the law.
"In a letter I sent to the Senate, I told the Senators about the creation of a commission that will investigate the citizenship status of all members of my government and other senior officials," said Alexis. He added, "If there are members of my government whose citizenship status violates the constitution, I will take the necessary action."
The Prime Minister was interviewed while in Washington for a two-day visit, during which he met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and prepared for a donors conference that will take place in Haiti on April 25.
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