Haiti power vacuum looms as leader’s mandate lapses

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BBC News reports that Haiti faces a power vacuum after parliament allowed the mandate of interim President Jocelerme Privert to lapse with still no solution to the country’s political crisis. A statement called on Haitians to remain calm until a solution is found.

Mr Privert was appointed in February for a six-month term. He filled the vacancy left by former President Michel Martelly, who stepped down with no successor after the suspension of elections last year. Haiti has been mired in political crisis since the disputed first round on 25 October.

Representatives of Haiti’s main donors, which include the UN and the Organisation of American States (OAS), have called for fresh elections without delay. “This… marks the end of the 120-day mandate of the republic’s provisional president,” read a statement from the Senate deputy president and the president of the Chamber of Deputies. The statement urged people to “remain calm until the National Assembly meets to take the necessary measures”.

Last month, a special commission recommended throwing out the disputed results of last year’s first-round presidential election and holding a new vote. [. . .]

For full article, see http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-36545008

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