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Haitian Parliamentarians Nervous About Election Delay

Based on an early-February agreement, Haiti’s next president was supposed to be sworn in on May 14. As the deadline neared and passed, members of Haiti’s Parliament are becoming increasingly nervous about whether the interim president, Privert, is planning to try to hold on to power. Privert says that the delays are meant to allow the verification of the previous rounds of elections but hasn’t yet given a time-frame for the next round of elections.

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Haiti’s Parliament to meet in emergency session on Tuesday

Jamaica Observer

May 15, 2016

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) – Haiti’s Interim President Jocelerme Privert has called an emergency meeting of Parliament on Tuesday to discuss a number of issues amid fears by opposition politicians that he could use the occasion to further delay presidential elections in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

According to the decree issued by Privert, the Parliament with many of the law makers on annual leave, will discuss issues ranging from the draft penal code to a law creating a basic public service in communal sections.

But political observers note that “nothing appears in the agenda concerning the non-holding of elections provided for in the agreement of 6 February”.


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