Haiti general election in November


BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Haitians will go to the polls in November to elect a new government, ten months after a major earthquake destroyed parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

President Rene Preval has announced 28 November as the date for presidential and legislative elections.

He has also issued a decree mandating the country’s nine-member provisional electoral council to prepare for the poll.

Mr Preval’s five-year term ends next February.

Parliament recently voted to allow him to remain in office until 14 May 2011, exactly five years after he assumed his post, if his successor is not chosen by the 7 February constitutional deadline.

Last month Mr Preval said he plans to do everything in his power to ensure that general elections were held before the constitutional deadline.

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