SANTO DOMINGO, DR – Citing an increasingly frustrating and polarizing political climate in Port-au-Prince, the masterminds behind an alleged coup d'état plot announced Friday that they have called off plans to overthrow President Michel Martelly.
"It is with heavy regret we announce that our plot to bring down the Martelly administration has been cancelled indefinitely," a statement from the masterminds read in part. "In the end, we came to realize how excruciatingly difficult it would be to work with Parliament."
According to one of the masterminds, Pierre Kanzki, who resides in Santo Domingo, the decision to abandon the scheme was made "after an extraordinary amount of observation" of the ruthless serial political brinkmanship in Port-au-Prince, as demonstrated by the recent dual citizenship debacle.
"We have witnessed the constant partisan rancor that stands in the way of basic operation of government," said Kanzki. "Frankly, we no longer envy Martelly's position."
While Haiti and Dominican governments said they foiled the plot, Kanzki claimed the organizers decided to ditch the idea themselves.
"Contrary to what officials from both governments may want you to believe, we alone chose to scrap the plan," said Kanzki. "After watching the political infighting for a while now, we came to our senses."
Kanzki said that supporters of the alleged coup were "devastated" but understood the rationale behind the decision.
Though Kanzki does not realistically expect the partisanship to reverse in the near term, he said the plotters would reconsider the scheme should Parliament learn to cooperate.
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