Barring new political setbacks, Haitians will go to the polls on 26 Oct 2014 to vote for national and local legislators under new electoral rules.
A recent reshuffle of the 22-member cabinet by President Michel Martelly -- his fifth shuffle since taking office -- appears to have broken the political impasse that delayed the vote. It has been overdue since 2011. The impasse triggered anti-government protests and discontent in Haiti, which is still struggling to recover from the devastating Jan 2010 earthquake that killed 200,000-300,000 people and laid waste to housing and infrastructure in a country already ranked as one of the world's poorest. By all measures, reconstruction and recovery are lagging, despite billions of dollars of international donations and aid pledges.
Date written/update: 2014-05-05