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North Texas businessman calls on U.N. to govern Haiti
</STRONG>12:00 AM CST on Friday, February 12, 2010
By DIANNE SOLÍS / The Dallas Morning News
Haitian-American entrepreneur Dumas Siméus of Southlake wrote a letter this week to the leader of the United Nations calling for the organization to expand its role to governing Haiti, the island nation ravaged by an earthquake last month.
Siméus, a 2005 presidential candidate in Haiti, said the current government "should step aside immediately."
Criticism has grown on the island since the 7.0 quake over the leadership of President René Préval, who is completing his second term. Parliamentary elections have been postponed.
"As a first step, the current system of government needs to be replaced immediately with an international system of governance, be it a coalition, a protectorate or a consortium under the leadership of the United Nations," the letter said.
In addition to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Siméus' letter was sent to former President Bill Clinton. The former president is the U.N.'s special envoy to Haiti.
The letter also details a $66 billion Marshall Plan equivalent for the impoverished Caribbean nation of 9 million.
Siméus said Thursday he plans to leave for Haiti as early as this week. He started a Haitian foundation a decade ago and runs a clinic and water project in his hometown of PontSondé. His mother still lives in Haiti.
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