Haiti’s National Assembly began discussions on Tuesday as to whether to prolong Jocelerme Privert’s presidency until the country’s interrupted elections are completed early next year. This is despite the fact that a February 5 political agreement stipulated that Privert’s transitional government would be obliged to step down no later than June 14. In the midst of pro and anti-Privert protests and marches, EU and U.S. officials warn that the Haitian government must promptly ensure that Haitians are able to cast their votes and elect a new president before more violence and chaos erupts. Meanwhile, as Jacqueline Charles expresses in the Miami Herald, Privert continues to take on his presidential duties; in fact, “this week he…[dropped] in on a radio station’s celebration, [made] a surprise visit to the general hospital where residents have been on strike for three months, and [attended] a celebration in the Grand Anse Department.”
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