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Haiti Postpones Legislative, Municipal Elections: Official

Sunday, 26 Oct 2014 01:31 PM

Haiti's government announced Sunday it is postponing long delayed legislative and municipal elections, on the same day they were supposed to be held.

The office of President Michel Martelly made the announcement postponing the vote, which is already three years overdue. No new date has been announced.

"President Michel Martelly, in his constant concern to guarantee political stability, promises to pursue consultations with the different sectors of national life in order to hold the elections as soon as possible," his office said in a statement.

The opposition had called a protest for Sunday to demand Martelly's resignation.

Haitians were supposed to go to the polls Sunday to elect 20 senators, 102 deputies and municipal officials.

Martelly had decreed in June that there would be an election on October 26, but the National Assembly did not pass an electoral law in time because of a political impasse.

Legislators and the opposition resisted attempts to hold the vote, saying the rules had been rigged by Martelly's camp.

However, the failure to organize elections means that the mandates of the rest of the members of the already depleted assembly will expire, potentially leaving Martelly to rule by decree.

The mandates of a third of the senators in the 30-strong body had already expired, leaving it struggling to find a quorum, and Martelly has imposed 120 municipal leaders on towns to replace elected councils.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake, has struggled with its difficult post-colonial legacy, corrupt rule, civil unrest, environmental degradation and natural disaster.


© AFP 2017

   
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Haiti's government announced Sunday it is postponing long delayed legislative and municipal elections, on the same day they were supposed to be held.The office of President Michel Martelly made the announcement postponing the vote, which is already three years overdue. No...
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