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Election in Haiti

October 26, 2014 - HAITI

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.

Haiti government reshuffles, lawmakers take critical elections step (Miami Herald 4 Apr 2014)

Date written/update: 2014-05-05