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Report: Haiti President to Call Elections

Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 09:30 AM

Haiti President Michel Martelly said he will use his authority to call elections in coming months after lawmakers failed to enact an election law, according to Haitian Caribbean News Network.

Martelly said he will schedule parliamentary elections under the authority granted to him when the legislature dissolved after lawmakers failed to pass an election law on Monday, the network reported. Haiti’s congress is now without a quorum after the mandates for all 99 deputies and 10 of the 30 senators expired.

Martelly did not say when the elections would be held. His term expires next year, and presidential elections are scheduled for October.

Lawmakers, at odds with Martelly over the makeup of the electoral council and other posts, blocked a law needed for the country to hold parliamentary elections. In an attempt to resolve the crisis, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and the head of the supreme court resigned last month. The dispute threatens to undermine economic progress Haiti has made under Martelly as well as political stability in the hemisphere’s poorest country.

“The Haitian Parliament, after January 12, is in a phase of dysfunction,” opposition Senator Westner Polycarpe said Jan. 13 via an e-mail response to questions. “The coming days will be dark, really, very dark.”

Martelly on Tuesday posted photos to his Twitter account showing him meeting with representatives of political parties and a delegation of senators at the National Palace.

Calls and e-mails to Martelly’s office by Bloomberg News weren’t immediately returned.

Poorest Country

Haiti is recovering from a magnitude-7.0 earthquake that killed an estimated 200,000 people and toppled buildings throughout the capital, Port-Au-Prince, five years ago. Despite a global drive to raise funds for the more than 2 million people left homeless, Amnesty International estimates more than 85,000 still live in temporary camps.

In Washington on Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest urged politicians to find a solution while praising the progress the government has made since the earthquake.

“Further progress depends on good governance by Haiti’s leaders, in particular, the holding of overdue legislative and local elections that we believe are -- are badly needed,” Earnest said on Tuesday.

 

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