On Sunday February 14, 2016, despite much opposition from lawmakers and current presidential candidates, the Haitian Parliament elected interim president Jocelerme Privert ahead of the new round of elections scheduled for April. Privert, who was the Haitian Senate leader, will serve for 120 days until a new president takes office on May 14, 2016.
On February 8, 2016, Haiti was left leaderless after President Michel Martelly stepped down from office, a post he held for five years. The day before his step down, Martelly delivered his farewell address, expressing regret for the failed presidential elections of 2015.
Haiti’s presidential elections were postponed twice in 2015 due to fraudulent suspicions and protests. Since then, the country has experienced unrest, chaos and riots. On Sunday, February 7, 2016, anti-government manifestations took place in the city of Port-Au-Prince, with police forces clashing with discontented civilians.
In the international sphere, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon issued a statement on Monday February 8, 2016, urging Haitian authorities to maintain the calm and work towards a democratic transfer of government.
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