The president of Haiti and heads of the country's two houses of parliament reached a tentative agreement on Monday to avert a political crisis that has sparked nationwide protests. The political accord announced late Monday seeks to open the way for approval by parliament of a new "consensus" government after prime minister Laurent Lamothe was forced to resign earlier this month. The agreement would extend the terms of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, due to run out Jan. 12, but only if an electoral law is passed first.
If the parliamentary terms are not extended, Haiti would be left without a functioning government heading into presidential elections in late 2015. The agreement would extend the terms of the deputies until April 24 2015 and senators until Sept. 9.