Thursday, March 12, 2015

Haiti Announces Dates for Presidential, Legislative Elections

Haiti's electoral council announced dates on Thursday for the Caribbean nation's long overdue legislative and municipal elections, as well as a presidential vote later this year. Elections for two-thirds of the Senate will be held Aug. 9 as well as the entire lower chamber of deputies. The presidential election will be held on Oct. 25 along with local and municipal elections with a presidential run-off, if necessary, on Dec. 27.

Haiti has been in the midst of a political crisis for months after the prime minister was forced to resign and parliament was dissolved on Jan. 15 over the failure to hold municipal and legislative elections. Municipal elections have been delayed for more than three years, while elections for a third of the Senate's seats were to have been held in 2012.

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