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Haiti in limbo as election postponed amid unrest

Demonstrators burn tires during a protest in Port-au-Prince, on January 22, 2016Port-au-Prince (AFP) – Haiti was once again plunged into political limbo Friday after plans to hold an imminent presidential run-off were abandoned in the face of an opposition boycott and fierce street protests. An AFP reporter heard gunfire within a hundred yards (meters) of the presidential palace in downtown Port-au-Prince. The poorest country in the Americas had been due to go to the polls to elect a successor to President Michel Martelly and seek a way out of a deep crisis that now threatens to leave a political vacuum.

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