Michel Martelly to meet with opposition leaders, new push to break political deadlock

On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Haitian President Michel Martelly met the representatives of civil groups to break the political deadlock that has delayed country's legislative and local elections for about past three years amid a slow recovery from the 2010 earthquake. In the last June, the President had said that the first round of elections for 20 senators, 112 deputies, will be held on October 26, 2014. The municipal vote will take place two days later. Disagreements between the government and the opposition have further prevented the selection of 140 city officials, 1,140 assembly members and community representatives. Recently, on September 22, the Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has said that his country will hold long-overdue elections no later than early next year provided some opposition lawmakers do not stand on the way during their tenure whose mandates expire in January 2015. The Haitian government is facing mounting pressure from United Nation and U.S.A to organize election before the terms of ten Senators get expired in the middle of January 2015-- because it is the time when the Parliament will get dissolved leaving a legislative vacuum and the country is ruled by President Decree.


Holding elections have always remained a crucial part of recovery through democracy. All Haitians, irrespective of their ideology and belief should come forward in good faith to support elections. The optimum employment of every available resource builds the best future of a country and Haiti it is no exception. To resolve the deadlock, Martelly met Rony Desroches, the President of the Civil Society Initiative (ISC) and Edouard Paultre, President of Haiti's Association of Non-Labeled Actors. Martelly had a closed door meeting with the President of the Supreme Council of Judicial Power, the President of the Organization of People in Struggle and several other parliament members.

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