Haiti sets date for long-overdue elections
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Haiti sets date for long-overdue elections

Haiti has set a date for delayed elections that have been a source of political friction in the country.

The Provision Electoral Council announced that the vote for members of the Senate and Chamber of Deputies will be August 9. Council Executive Director Mosler Georges said the presidential election will be October 25, with a runoff on December 27 if no presidential candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote.

The dates announced late Wednesday will be confirmed when they are published in the official gazette.

President Michel Martelly cannot run for re-election because the Constitution bars consecutive terms.

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Martelly was supposed to call legislative elections in 2011 but a handful of opposition senators blocked the enabling legislation. The terms of all sitting lawmakers expired in January.

Associated Press