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Haiti Commits To Holding National Elections This Year

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Haiti Commits To Holding National Elections This Year

  The United Nations Special Representative for Haiti has announced that acting prime minister Claude Joseph has given a commitment to hold national elections later this year.   Helen La Lime said the electoral calendar was released last week.   Speaking Thursday via video link to reporters in New York, Ms. La Lime said that would mean a first round of elections on September 26, with a second round set for November.   She said the UN recognises the legitimacy of Mr. Joseph’s leadership and would not oppose him leading the country into elections.    The UN Special Representative also told reporters the Security Council has discussed a request from Haiti to provide security assistance with the ongoing investigation into the murder of President Jovenel Moïse, amidst the deepening political crisis.   She said the request is being taken seriously and the UN will use its expertise as well as “call for further expertise as necessary.”    But she noted that there are no plans by the UN, at this time, to restore a peacekeeping operation in Haiti.     UN defends Moïse   Ms La Lime has also defended the decision of President Moïse to have remained in office despite facing opposition.   She said his term would have ended next year.    “President Jovenel was elected in 2017 for a five year term, which was due to expire in February of 2022. And it was in that context that he was working to organise elections and to organise a referendum,” she declared.    President Moïse had faced criticism and numerous protests organised by those who believed his term had ended in 2019.    Mr. Moïse had been ruling by decree since February 2019.