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Haitian President Michel Martelly ends his term in office without an elected successor, allowing a caretaker government to take control of the country. Diane Hodges reports.

A week after Haiti’s president stepped down amid political unrest, the Haitian Parliament on Sunday elected a new interim president, CNN writes.

Jocelerme Privert, the former head of Parliament who served as interior minister under former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, will lead the country for 120 days. After that, he must confirm a consensus prime minster, the report says.

The election came a week after former President Michel Martelly stepped down after accusations of corruption and living a lavish lifestyle in the impoverished nation.

Elections are scheduled to take place on April 24, with the winner to be confirmed on May 14, the report says.

Per Reuters:

Privert vowed to engage all sectors in dialogue to complete the elections after an evaluation of the fraud allegations, and hand over to an elected president by May 14. Elections are set for April 24 under the deal struck last week.

After Aristide, a former Salesian priest, was forced from power by armed rebels in 2004, Privert was thrown into prison for two years on charges he organised a massacre of the president’s opponents. The charges were later dropped.

One of the major challenges ahead will be to reach an agreement about who can participate in the election, with many parties rejecting the October results that led to a two-man race between opposition candidate Jude Celestin and ruling party favourite Jovenel Moise.

New elections are scheduled to take place on April 24, with the winner to be confirmed on May 14, according to the reports.



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