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Haiti announces dates for elections

13 March 2015, 15:16

Port-au-Prince - Haiti's electoral council announced dates on Thursday for the Caribbean nation's long overdue legislative and municipal elections, as well as a presidential vote later this year.

Elections for two-thirds of the Senate will be held 9 August as well as the entire lower chamber of deputies. The presidential election will be held on 25 October along with local and municipal elections with a presidential run-off, if necessary, on 27 December.

Haiti has been in the midst of a political crisis for months after the prime minister was forced to resign and parliament was dissolved on 15 January over the failure to hold municipal and legislative elections.

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Municipal elections have been delayed for more than three years, while elections for a third of the Senate's seats were to have been held in 2012.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, has a long history of convulsive elections and is still recovering from an earthquake nearly five years ago that levelled much of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

In recent weeks, demonstrators in several cities have accused the government of corruption and high gasoline prices.

The registration process for political parties that want to present candidates begins on Monday. Voters must register on the electoral list before 10 May.

- Reuters

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