Elections and economy big challenges for Haiti: UN envoy

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Mariano Fernández, Head of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH)

The holding of elections and economic reconstruction are two key challenges facing Haiti as it recovers from the earthquake that devastated the country three years ago.

That according to the head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), Mariano Fernández.

He told UN Radio on Thursday that with the assistance of MINUSTAH, Haiti has improved in the area of the rule of law, enabling the police force to do its work.

On the issue of legislative and local elections, Mr. Fernández said it is unacceptable that the elections have been delayed.

"The elections should have taken place fourteen months ago. This is a big challenge because there is political polarization on this issue. The second one is that in 2012 there were not so many economic problems in Haiti. The forecast for economic growth was 8 per cent and the real economic growth was 2.5 per cent. So employment and food are the other big challenge in Haiti today." (27")

On the problem of cholera, Mr. Fernández said there are now fewer cases of the disease.

He added that the campaign launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently is expected to eradicate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the next year.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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