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Haitians hail new electoral commission

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By Euronews
Haitians hail new electoral commission

<p>Thousands of Haitians have come out in support of a five-member commission, preparing to evaluate last year’s contested presidential election.</p> <p>Caretaker president Jocelerme Privert has been slow in setting it up attracting criticism from lawmakers.</p> <p>However voters say they want the commision to report to end the current political uncertainty.</p> <p>Under the accord that helped put Jocelerme Privert in office, Privert was supposed to make way for a voter-approved president May 14 following a late April election.</p> <p>But his provisional administration was slow to act and only recently appointed a commission to verify contested elections held last year that many Haitians believe were rigged to benefit Tet Kale, the party of previous President Michel Martelly.</p> <p>Lawmakers aligned with Tet Kale are demanding Privert’s resignation, accusing him of putting up obstacles so he can hold onto power.</p> <p>The impasse is a reminder of the fragility of democracy in one of the poorest and most unequal countries in the world.</p>