Haiti’s parliament has been dissolved due to unheld elections amidst colossal anti-government protests. The protests have been called by opposition parties with the express aim of forcing Haitian president Michel Martelly’s resignation. The opposition accuses President Martelly of abusing his power, and of corruption. Elections for the legislature were supposed to be held in May of 2012, while those for municipal bodies have not been held in the Caribbean country for three years.
A deal to extend term limits for current legislators fell through last week after opposition party Fanmi Lavalas was not included in the negotiations. The void in legislative legitimacy seems to leave the President little choice but to rule the country by decree. Protestors have accused the President of allowing the deal to fail to ensure this. President Martelly blames the delayed elections on a grouping of opposition senators refusal to accept legislation that would authorise the vote. via Haiti Protests | Nouse.