Elections can’t take place while Martelly is president, Prime Minister says

Haiti Prime Minister Evans Paul said the presidential runoff will not take place until President Michel Martelly is no longer in office.

“In this environment, there won’t be an election while the president is still in power,” Paul said. “We’re discussing the situation, and there are many scenarios that could occur, but in the end we’re going to have the second round after the Martelly government gives up power, which will be after Feb. 7.” Some Martelly supporters are urging the president stay in power until his five-year term is over in May.

Royal Caribbean resumes port stops in Haiti

Royal Caribbean has re-established port calls to Labadee after suspending visits more than a week ago. The cruise company had suspended stops at the Northern Haiti port after one of its ships encountered protesters in small boats.

The company has been in close communication with Haitian officials and “is now comfortable that there will not be any significant impact” on passengers because of the political instability taking place on the island.

Students resume classes after school set on fire

The Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training announced they have made arrangements for 663 students to resume classes after a fire at  the Leogane National Mixed School and high school Fabre Geffrard Gonaives. The students will be temporarily taking classes at St. Rose of Lima Leogane. Students will be relocated to a new location by the end of next week until the end of the year.

The school was set on fire as part of the protests against Jan. 24 elections.

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