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Haiti's Privert remains in power as legislators fail to meet

Interim President Jocelerme Privert, whose term expired more than a month ago. Interim President Jocelerme Privert, whose term expired more than a month ago.
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Jul 15, CMC – The Haitian parliament failed to meet for a fourth consecutive occasion to decide whether or not to extend the term of office of Interim President Jocelerme Privert, whose term expired more than a month ago.

Legislators were due to meet on Thursday, but as had been the case on previous occasions, there was no consensus regarding a quorum among the six political groups.

When the first roll call was made late on Thursday, there were only 18 Senators and 50 Deputies. Sixty Deputies are needed to form the quorum in the Lower House.

In the second attempt, there were 55 Deputies and 17 Senators.

“The quorum is not found at the Chamber of Deputies so the session is again put in continuation,” said  Cholzer Chancy, the President of the National Assembly.

He gave no indication as to when the next session of Parliament will be held.

Political observers note that members of the Parliamentary Alliance for Haiti (APH) and regarded as pro-Privert supporters boycotted the session with other parliamentarians referring to them as “enemies of democracy” and who would “prefer to blow themselves with the country”.
Privert came to office under the so-called February 5 agreement that was brokered after then President Michel Marelly left office without a successor being elected.

Under the terms of the agreement, Parliament had to elect an interim president for a term of 120 days and confirm a consensus prime minister.

Continuation of the elections process to the second round was scheduled to take place on April 24 and the new president, elected by that process, would have been installed on May 14, 2016.

But the election has not taken place and is now most likely to be held on October 9 and if a candidate does not receive the necessary amount of votes to prevent a second round, then that will take place on January 8, 2017 and the final election results will be published January 30, next year.

The October elections would also include voting for one-third of the Senate.

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