Tuesday, May 18, 2010

HAITI:President Preval Now Not To Extend Tenure After Public Scrutiny

Port-au-Prince,Haiti - Haitian President, Rene Preval has announced his decision to step down when his term completes on February 7,2011. Attending the Flag Day celebrations in the seaside town of Arcahaie, Preval said, “This is the last May 18 I will spend with you as president..” Preval’s announcement today is going to silence critics who had been accusing him of using the destruction as a pretext to stay in office beyond his term that expires on February 7, 2011. Thousands of Haitians had protested against Preval during the last two weeks over his decree to extend his Presidential tenure.

“I will go and my heart will be calm,” the President said as thousands of Haitians waved banners of blue and red on the occasion of the day celebrating the abolition of white domination and union of whites and mulattoes in Haiti way back in 1803.

The incumbent President had announced early May that he would stay in office up to three months past the end of his term, on Feb. 7, 2011, if the presidential election is delayed. Officials are struggling to hold the pre-scheduled election this November as the election agency's headquarters and records were destroyed and about 1.6 million voters displaced in the January 12 catastrophic 7.0 earthquake that had also killed more than 230,000 Haitians.

Source: WorldOf22

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