Haiti has called off its presidential election just two days before it was due to take place over concerns of escalating violence sparked by the opposition candidate’s refusal to take part in a vote he said was riddled with fraud.
The Provisional Electoral Council decided to postpone the runoff because there is “too much violence throughout the country,” council president Pierre-Louis Opont said at a news conference.
In recent days, a number of election offices across the impoverished nation have been burned and the capital has been rocked by violent opposition protests calling for a halt to the vote.
The council did not set a new date for the vote. It also did not say whether an interim government would take power after 7 Febuary, when president Michel Martelly is required to leave office under the Constitution, or if he would remain until a replacement is elected. Read more