Haitian Anti-Graft Protesters Demand Probe Into Oil Fund Scandal

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Hundreds of Haitians protested in the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince on Sunday, demanding an investigation into the alleged misuse of funds marked for a cheap oil program run by Venezuela.

Founded in 2005 by late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, the PetroCaribe program allowed several Latin American and Caribbean countries to acquire petroleum products at a low cost, and to pay their bills over 25 years at a one percent interest rate.

Two Haitian Senate investigations in 2016 and 2017 into the misuse of nearly $2 billion set aside for the fund had pinned a dozen former ministers from the current ruling party, but they have yet to face justice.

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