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Delayed Haiti elections to take place on November 20

Elections in Haiti were postponed due to the havoc caused by Hurricane Matthew. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Port-au-Prince, Haiti Oct 14, 2016, 07.08 PM (IST)

Haiti's long-delayed presidential and provincial elections, which were further postponed in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, will take place on November 20, electoral officials announced on Friday.

The second round in both elections will be held on January 29, its Provisional Electoral Council said.

The country was to go to polls last week, but they were postponed after the devastating effect of the hurricane that claimed at least 473 lives after it struck on October 4.

The country has been in a political impasse ever since the last elections, in 2015, were cancelled after protests by the opposition which alleged electoral fraud.

Its last elected president, Michel Martelly, left office in February without a replacement.

Parliament later elected Jocelerme Privert as the interim president but his 120-day mandate technically expired in June.

The impoverished nation has been grappling with poverty and major public health issues and is struggling to recover from the after effects of a devastating earthquake in 2010 that rendered thousands homeless. More than 10,000 people died of Cholera and around 700,000 people have been affected by the disease since then, AFP reports. 500 new cases are reported every week.

(WION with inputs from AFP)


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