An accord signed February 5 requires Haiti’s interim government to hold elections by April 24, and a new elected president to take office by May 14. The entire process was delayed, however, when Parliament voted against interim president Privert’s pick for Prime Minister. Parliament has just approved of Privert’s second choice, Enex Jean-Charles, but even he admits that April 24 is probably too soon to hold the next election. Many Haitians are also calling for a verification of the previous rounds of elections, which the international community has opposed because it would further slow the process. Members of Parliament have also opposed the verification for political reasons.
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Interim Haiti prime minister, government finally take charge
Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
March 24, 2016
A longtime presidential adviser and administrative law professor has won approval from Haitian lawmakers to take full control of the country as prime minister, and lead Haiti to the election of its next president.
Lawmakers approved Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles’ general policy statement and new government during back-to-back confirmation hearings that began Thursday in the Senate and ended before sunrise on Good Friday in the Lower Chamber of Deputies.
The favorable votes in both chambers end one chapter of political uncertainty but open another, as it increasingly looks likely the country won’t be able to meet next month’s April 24 deadline to transfer power from an interim president to a democratically elected one.
“Only stable institutions and a governance system that enjoys democratic legitimacy can address the challenges that Haiti faces today,” the U.N.’s top envoy, Sandra Honoré, said before the vote.
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