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After years of delays, Haiti at last sets election dates

Demonstrators march against the government of Haitian President Michel Martelly and to demand lower fuel prices, in Port-au-Prince, on March 5, 2015Port-au-Prince (AFP) – The Haitian government said Sunday it would hold elections later this year, a significant step that follows years of uncertainty about the fragile Caribbean nation’s democratic process. The first round of legislative elections was set for August 9, with the second round scheduled alongside presidential and local elections on October 25, the Ministry of Communication said in a statement. President Michel Martelly is committed to “facilitating free elections that are credible, independent, transparent and inclusive,” the statement read. Haiti has delayed holding elections for three years and parliament’s mandate expired in January, leaving Martelly the sole leader of the impoverished country, where sometimes violent protests have erupted on the streets.

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