UN peacekeepers must stay in hurricane-hit Haiti: envoy

Peacekeepers with the UN Force Commander conduct a patrol along a flooded road as hurricane Matthew passes over Haiti on October 4, 2016, in Port au PrinceThe UN peacekeeping force in Haiti must stay for another six months to help the Caribbean nation cope with the humanitarian crisis from Hurricane Matthew, the UN envoy said Tuesday. Sandra Honore told the Security Council ahead of a vote on renewing the mission’s mandate that damage from the hurricane was extensive, potentially affecting Haiti’s stability. A presidential election scheduled for October 9 was postponed as well as partial senatorial votes and legislative reruns as Haiti struggles to recover.

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