The Dominican Republic is demanding an explanation from the U.S. government for why it annulled the diplomatic and tourist visas of the Caribbean country’s electoral commission director.
Commission officials said Monday that the U.S. should also share any relevant information that would explain the action taken against Roberto Rosario.
Rosario says the U.S. consul notified him of the decision late last week.
The U.S. Embassy has declined to comment.
It is the first time that the U.S. has annulled the diplomatic visa of a high-level Dominican official.
Rosario says he was previously threatened with having his visa canceled last year at a time when Dominicans of Haitian descent complained they could not vote because their IDs were being illegally held by government officials.