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Haiti to Elect Transitional President Feb. 14


Former Haitian President Michel Martelly

The Haitian National Assembly will elect a transitional president on Sunday, exactly one week after former President Michel Martelly officially stepped down from office, local legislative sources announced Wednesday.

Political leaders who aspire to become presidents have until Thursday afternoon to register their candidates, the Spanish news agency EFE said.

On Tuesday, a 15-member legislative commission was created to process the registration of presidential candidates.

Last Saturday, Martelly signed an agreement with the heads of both chambers of parliament in order to solve the persistent political crisis and avoid a further void in power. According to the deal, presidential elections will be held April 24.

The Organization of American States’ Permanent Council said it will hold a special meeting Friday in Washington to discuss a report elaborated by an OAS special mission to Haiti.

Meanwhile, the U.N. World Food Program warned Tuesday that the number of Haitians threatened by malnutrition doubled to 1.5 million compared to six months ago due to a drought affecting the island nation which has been exacerbated by the El NiƱo phenomenon.

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