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Haiti power vacuum looms as interim president's mandate ends

Haiti's provisional President Jocelerme Privert (pictured) was elected by parliament in February for a 120-day term to fill the power vacuum left by former president Michel Martelly when he stepped downPort-au-Prince (AFP) – Haiti faced a new power vacuum Wednesday after interim president Jocelerme Privert’s mandate ended with no formal solution to the country’s immediate political crisis, lawmakers said. “This June 14, 2016 marks the end of the 120-day mandate of the Republic’s provisional president,” read a statement from the president of the Chamber of Deputies and Senate deputy president. Representatives of Haiti’s main foreign donors — the “Core Group,” which includes officials from the UN, the Organization of American States and major foreign embassies — issued a statement urging the national assembly to facilitate a return to constitutional order by holding elections without delay.

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