Authorities in the Dominican Republic announced that they will demand an explanation from the US government for why it annulled the diplomatic and tourist visas of the Caribbean country’s electoral commission president. Commission officials said the US should also share any relevant information that would explain the action taken against Roberto Rosario, who said the US consul notified him of the decision late last week. The US Embassy declined to provide details, except to say that it had the right to revoke US visas based on information that may come to light at any moment. It is the first time that US has annuled the diplomatic visa of a high-level Dominican official. Rosario, whose diplomatic visa was to have expired next year and the tourist visa in 2024, traveled with some frequency to the US because the electoral commission has several offices there to serve the Dominican community. Rosario said in 2015 that the US ambassador had previously threatened to cancel his visa at a time when Dominicans of Haitian descent complained they could not vote because their IDs were being illegally held by government officials.
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