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UN urges Haiti to hold transparent, inclusive elections

January 24, 2015

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — U.N. officials are encouraging Haiti to hold transparent and inclusive elections as they praise the government for trying to stabilize the country’s political situation.

The U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti said in a statement issued Saturday that officials supported the appointment of new Prime Minister Evans Paul as well as the swearing in of a new provisional electoral council.

Members of the U.N. Security Council are on a three-day visit aimed in part at urging the government to hold long-delayed municipal and legislative elections.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said late Friday that she was encouraged the government was focusing on health and the economy despite a political stalemate that led President Michel Martelly to start ruling by decree last week after Parliament was dissolved.