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Clock Ticks amid Haiti’s Electoral Gridlock – IOL News


Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the UN is making “maximum efforts” to reach an accord but is concerned about the lack of agreement on a framework for elections.“The window of opportunity is fast closing,” he said.US officials have also raised red flags.“The continuing delay in scheduling long-overdue elections is a serious concern,” Thomas Adams, the US State Department’s Haiti Special Coordinator, said during a congressional hearing in Washington last week.Legislative and municipal elections have been held up by a dispute between the government of President Michel Martelly and a group of opposition senators over details of a proposed electoral law.On Tuesday, a presidential commission appointed last week to come up with proposals to break the deadlock recommended the resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and his government, as well as the head of the Supreme Court, while calling for a truce between opposing political groups. via | IOL News

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