Haiti’s president Rene Preval has issued orders that the country’s nine-member provisional electoral council should organise elections for November 28th.
The presidential and legislative elections to be held on the day will signal the end of Preval’s five-year presidential term, which actually ends on February 7th.
The Haitian parliament has voted to allow him to remain in office until May 14th should a successor not be chosen by February.
Preval has been late in announcing the election date due to struggles the country is going through to rebuild itself after the devastating earthquake that struck in January.
Many people in Haiti are known to be against elections in conditions where over a million people have been displaced by the quake, but the international community has been pressing Preval.
Accusations of fraud and disinterest marred Haiti’s last elections in 2009.
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