Disagreements have caused political stalemate in Haiti: UN envoy

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Sandra Honoré, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

There has been no agreement on the required legal framework for elections to be held in Haiti.

That's what Sandra Honoré, the head of the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) told the Security Council during her briefing on Thursday.

She said that when she last briefed the Council in March there was hope that the combined elections for the Senate, the Chamber of Deputies, Municipal administrations and Local Councils would be held by the end of this year.

That hope, she pointed out, had been generated by the political momentum created by the inter-Haitian dialogue which resulted in the signing of the El Rancho Accord.

Ms. Honoré said the accord foresaw the formation of a new government, possible changes in the electoral council and amendments to the 2013 Electoral Law.

"Since then, continuing mistrust and disagreements over the electoral process between the executive and opposition members in the legislature caused repeated delays in the implementation of the accord. A group of senators opposed to the El Rancho Accord continued to condition their vote on the amended electoral law inter alia, upon the establishment of an entirely new electoral council and have consistently blocked the required quorum. To date, no agreement has been reached on the required legal framework for the elections." (30")

The head of MINUSTAH said that despite the political stalemate, the security environment in Haiti has remained relatively stable.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations

Duration:  1’27″

 

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