“Dialogue as means of agreement is a victory for Haiti,” Sandra Honore, head of the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) told the U.N. Security Council.
She hailed as an “unprecedented step in Haitian political history,” the launch of a dialogue among the executive, the parliament and political parties to discuss democratic governance, elections and amendment of the constitution.
She told the council that the resulting El Rancho Accord was formally signed on March 14 and stipulates that one election will be held this year, combining the long-delayed local, municipal and partial senatorial elections with those foreseen for the end of 2014, for a second third of the senate, and the entire chamber of deputies.
In addition, key provisions to be implemented within a ten-day timeframe are: amendment of the electoral law to confer the appropriate mandate upon the electoral council; replacement of up to one member of the electoral council by each of the three powers of the state; and a cabinet reshuffle to include individuals drawn from interested political parties.
Haiti’s cholera outbreak is still the worst in the world, Honore said as she briefed the U.N. Security Council about the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti, crime rates, public health, and the cholera outbreak. via – Atlanta Black Star