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Haiti election deal sealed as UN team visits

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Haiti election deal sealed as UN team visits
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Haiti has installed a Provisional Electoral Council to organise elections, which have been delayed by more than three years.

Members of the United Nations Security Council are in Port-au-Prince to pressure President Michel Martelly to hold local and parliamentary polls.

He’s ruled by decree since the dissolution of parliament two weeks ago.

Following the talks, Samantha Power US Ambassador to the UN told the media:

“This council also expressed to President Martelly and his ministers, the same disappointment that the Haitian people probably feel, that these efforts to seek consensus and to find a path forward did not prevent the parliament from lapsing and did not produce the necessary compromise.”

Thousands of Haitians have protested in recent days, calling for Martelly to resign.

The president has promised that elections can be held in the next few months. He’s also due to step down later this year.