Friday, September 12, 2014

Haiti: UN envoy calls for democratic consolidation to avoid ‘institutional vacuum’

Amid continuing mistrust and disagreement over the electoral process in Haiti, a senior United Nations official today voiced deep concern over the political stalemate in the country.

Briefing the Security Council, Sandra Honoré, head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), said that a key provision of the recently-agreed El Rancho Accord, implied the formation of a new government, changes in the composition of the electoral council, and a new Legislature installed, have not been implemented due to political deadlock. The timely establishment of the electoral body was hampered by a group of politicians opposed to the El Rancho Accord who consistently blocked the required quorum. Stressing that no agreement had been reached on the required framework for the elections to be held, Ms. Honoré expressed particular concern that inability to carry out the polls before the end of the year that may result in “creating an institutional vacuum” after the current Parliament will be rendered dysfunctional on 12 January.

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