Haiti: tensions ensue following cancelled election

religion | Sep 2, 2014 | By Martin Barillas

The Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti has announced that the legislative and municipal elections planned for  October 26 have been postponed. Tension has arisen following the announcement. Haiti, which was devastated by deadly earthquake in 2010 that was followed by strife and cholera epidemics, has had a string of dictatorships and mismanaged government. The 2010 quake killed 300,000 outright, while the cholera killed thousands more.
 
Earlier this year, the majority of Haiti's political parties had signed, through the mediation of the Catholic Church, agreements to ease the provision of the elections. A new electoral law, however, is still blocked, and makes holding the vote impossible.
 
The UN and other entities are calling on Haiti's political parties to urgently take measures to ensure that the elections can be held on the date already decided upon. There are fears that should political instability continue, potential investors from outside the country will be discouraged from making investments. 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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