Saturday, March 6, 2010

UN Envoy Says Haiti Should Hold Presidential Elections Despite Earthquake's Ravages

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - The top U.N. official in Haiti says the country must proceed with presidential elections.

The acting head of the U.N. mission in Haiti, Edmond Mulet, told The Associated Press the country cannot afford a constitutional "slippage" as it rebuilds from the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Two elections were scheduled this year before the quake ravaged the capital.

A planned February legislative election was canceled.

The presidential contest was salted for fall. President Rene Preval has pledged to step down at the end of his five-year term in February 2011.

Mulet is U.N. Assistant Secretary-General in charge of all peacekeeping operations worldwide. He stepped in when Turkish diplomat Hedi Annabi was killed in the earthquake.

- AP

Source: TodayOnline

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