Haiti urged to take "all steps necessary" to meet power transfer deadline

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Officials in Haiti begin counting ballots at the end of polling on election day, 9 August 2015. File Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

Haiti needs to take "all steps necessary" to ensure a peaceful transfer of power to a new president, by February 7.

That's according to the so-called "Core Group" of countries and the UN mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) which are overseeing the Caribbean country's transition to a new government, by February's constitutionally-mandated deadline.

Delayed presidential and legislative run-off elections are due to take place by January 17, but news reports say that the official in charge of the on-going election process said Tuesday, the deadline would be "impossible" to meet.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged all involved in the election process to meet the deadline and act in a "transparent, inclusive and credible manner."

He pointed out that Parliament had not met since January of last year, and the whole political stability of Haiti was at stake.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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