Stamford Advocate

Prime minister plans to hold elections next year


Haiti’s prime minister said Tuesday that he plans to hold a referendum to modify the country’s constituti­on by February, and he hopes to organize presidenti­al and legislativ­e elections early next year.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Ariel Henry dismissed opponents who accuse him of wanting to stay in power and said that mistrust is one of the biggest challenges he faces.

The referendum is a priority, Henry said, because the current constituti­on is rejected by a majority of political figures and civil society leaders. He said an electoral council that will be responsibl­e for setting dates has yet to be named after he recently dissolved the previous provisiona­l council.

“The elections must be held as soon as possible,” he said as he lamented the lack of trust among Haitians. “People don’t believe what is being said.”

After being postponed several times this year, presidenti­al and legislativ­e elections were scheduled to be held Nov. 7, along with the constituti­onal referendum. But the assassinat­ion of President Jovenel Mose at his private home on July 7 upended those plans.

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