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Haiti elects opposition lawmaker as Interim President

Haiti elects opposition lawmaker as Interim President


Jocelerme Privert was on Sunday chosen as Haiti’s Interim President in a bid to close a power vacuum threatening the country’s stability.

He emerged favourite over Dejan Belizaire and Edgar Leblanc Fils, both former presidents of Haiti’s senate.

Privert is expected to serve as the country’s Interim leader for 120 days while the country prepares for another presidential poll.

His main task will mainly be to organise fresh elections in the Caribbean nation which has not had a head of state since February 7, when President Michel Martelly ended his five-year term.

A new round of elections is tentatively scheduled for April 24, 2016 with the elected winner expected to be sworn in on May 14.

Haiti has recently been rocked by a wave of protests after a disputed presidential election pushing the country into political crisis.

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