After holding out on solidifying a run-off date, all parties have agreed on a January 24th date. The run-off date, however, is dwarfed by the fact that the newly-elected parliament is to take office next Monday.
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It’s official: Haiti presidential runoff in 17 days
Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
January 7, 2015
Haiti President Michel Martelly issued a presidential order Wednesday officially scheduling the country’s postponed presidential and partial legislative runoffs for Jan. 24.
Martelly’s late night order came a day after the head of the Provisional Electoral Council reversed himself on the impossibility of staging the vote in time for Martelly’s Feb. 7 departure from office, and on the day that two top U.S. envoys arrived in Port-au-Prince to address an unraveling political crisis triggered by the Oct. 25 presidential and legislative elections.
Ambassador Thomas Shannon, counselor of the Department of State, and Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten, spent the first of two days meeting with key political actors including Martelly, Prime Minister Evans Paul and opposition candidate Jude Célestin. They had hoped to convince Célestin to participate in the runoff.
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