PUERTO PRINCIPE (Reuters) – Haiti’s elections have been pushed back to Nov. 7, according to Wednesday news in local media, in the wake of last month’s assassination of President Jovenel Moise, which plunged the country into political chaos.
Documents apparently issued by the government that circulated on social media on Wednesday also revealed the postponement of the presidential and legislative elections, as well as a constitutional referendum, initially scheduled for 26 September.
Reuters was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the documents, and Haiti’s election commission did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
New Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry said in late July that the government planned to create conditions for the Caribbean nation to hold elections as soon as possible.
Western powers have urged Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, to elect a new leadership as soon as possible to give the government democratic legitimacy.
(By Andre Paultre in Port-au-Prince)
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