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Haitian President Michel Martelly Wants Senatorial Election; Opposition and Civil-Society Leaders Doubt It

LADB Article ID: 79055
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2013-08-15
By: George Rodríguez

One-third of the seats in Haiti’s 30-member Senate expired on May 8, 2012, and those legislators’ replacements had to be elected no later than five months before. The country’s legislature consists of a 30-member Sénat and a 99-strong Chambre des Députés, respectively elected for six-year and four-year terms. In the Senate, one-third of its members are elected every two years, the reason for the vote that has been delayed for some nineteen months. Government-opposition clashes, presidential dismissal of several Conseil Electoral Permanent (CEP) members, and difficulties in appointing a provisional authority—Collège Transitopire de Gestion—to run the CEP are among the factors of an election crisis that has kept the vote on hold.

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