Saturday 25 February 2017

Haiti president makes farewell address with successor not yet chosen

There is a political crisis in Haiti
There is a political crisis in Haiti

President Michel Martelly has made his farewell address to Haiti as he leaves office with no successor yet chosen.

In a speech before Parliament, Mr Martelly says his "biggest regret is that the presidential election was postponed". He leaves office on Sunday.

He said he worked "night and day" to better Haiti and he's "ready to answer before the court of history".

Politicians are beginning a process to patch together a short-term interim government. Premier Evans Paul remains in office and a provisional president will be chosen by Parliament in coming days.

A last-minute deal forged by Mr Martelly and politicians is designed to prevent an institutional vacuum. It says an interim government will rule until an elected leader takes office on May 14.

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