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US rejects Haiti opposition call for new elections – Curaçao Chronicle


“Let me be very clear! The only way to have a change of government is through the election process,” Kerry told reporters during a joint news conference with Haitian President Michel Martelly at the presidential palace on Tuesday.“

And that is the way to have a legal and legitimate transition that attracts the support of the international community and there will automatically be a transition because President Martelly is not running again,” Kerry said.

Haiti held legislative elections on August 9, but the ballot was considered by a number of political and other sectors as fraudulent. The runoff is set to take place on October 25, at the same time as presidential and local elections.

“The United States and other members of the international community will be working with the provisional electoral council to support what we hope will be a smoother and more fully peaceful process than what took place on August 9,” stated Kerry, saying that the October 25 elections should be held as scheduled.

Source:  – Curaçao Chronicle

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