Tension mounts in Haiti as clock ticks on electoral impasse | Reuters

The Obama administration and the United Nations are pressuring Haiti’s government to resolve a long-festering dispute over postponed elections in the face of anti-government protests across the impoverished Caribbean country.U.S. and U.N. diplomats are in talks with Haiti’s government and opposition politicians aimed at reaching agreement in the next few weeks, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry may visit Haiti later this week, officials told Reuters.The clock is ticking, with the terms of senators and lower house representatives ending on Jan. 12. A lack of agreement by then would effectively dissolve parliament, and would likely set off a national political crisis.In recent weeks street protests about the elections and alleged government abuses have spread across the country, shutting down some towns and blocking major roads. Officials fear the protests will grow, and turn more violent, if a deal is not reached by Jan. 12.Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the U.N. is making “maximum efforts” to reach an accord but is concerned about the lack of agreement on a framework for elections. via | Reuters


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