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US calls for early elections in Haiti

Published:Thursday | December 18, 2014 | 3:17 PM

The United States is calling for elections to be held in Haiti as soon as possible after prime minister Laurent Lamothe resigned over the weekend due to the ongoing deteriorating political situation in the French-speaking CARICOM country.

US Secretary of State, John Kerry, says elections are essential for Haiti's democratic development and for continued progress in post-earthquake reconstruction and development.

President Michel Martelly has been holding talks with several social and political groups in a bid to pave the way for the holding of the long-delayed election to renew two thirds of the 30-member Senate, the entire Lower Chamber and hundreds of local government bodies.

Political observers note that by January 12, next year, the Haitian parliament will become dysfunctional with only 10 senators left, while 16 are required to hold a session.

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