New date set for runoff election

Election council chief Pierre-Louis Opont announced Tuesday night that Jan. 24 will be the new date for presidential and legislative runoff. After meeting with officials from the Provisional Electoral Council, Opont sent a letter to President Michel Martelly that stated 12 days would not be enough time to prepare for the election. Last week, Martelly had announced the last phase would take place on Jan. 17.

Senate president urges for decision to determine fate of country

Andris Riché, president of the Senate, urged the executive and legislative branches to think about the future of the country after Feb. 7, which will be President Michel Martelly’s last day in office.

“A decision must be made quickly” to elect a new president, Riché said during a conference yesterday.

Two United Nations officers found dead in Haiti home

The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) announced the death of two female police officers, whose bodies were found in their house in Cap-Haïtien last week.

The secretary-general’s special representative and head of MINUSTAH, Sandra Honoré, offered her condolences to the families of the deceased, whose names have not been released.

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