UN welcomes election of provisional President in Haiti
WASHINGTON, United States – United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN’s partners in Haiti have welcomed the election of Jocelerme Privert as interim President as the “crucial first step” to political stability in the country.
Privert was elected on Sunday by members of the National Assembly, one week after Michel Martelly left office without a successor, amid the indefinite postponement of presidential elections that was triggered by violent opposition protests and allegations of vote rigging.
He will serve for 120 days, as preparations are made for elections to be held on April 24 and a new president installed on May 14.
The UN Secretary General has encouraged all parties to work together towards the implementation of the roadmap contained in the agreement reached by Haitian politicians shortly before Martelly’s departure, to ensure the return to constitutional normality.
“The Secretary-General expresses his confidence that the stabilization of Haiti and the democratic process will continue in a peaceful and collaborative manner,” a statement from his office said.
The UN Special Representative in Haiti, Sandra Honoré, in a joint statement with other members of the international community represented in the so-called Core Group – Brazil, Canada, Spain, France, United States, European Union and Organization of American States –, said Privert’s election was “a fundamental step in the implementation of the political agreement for institutional continuity”.
The Group reiterated its invitation to all stakeholders to work together in achieving this political agreement, “to ensure the return to constitutional normality, stabilizing institutions of the Republic, the appointment of a consensus prime minister and the continuation of the electoral process on time.”
The UN and its partners in Haiti also called on all stakeholders to uphold the best interests of the country, in a spirit of dialogue and compromise, and in a peaceful, violence-free climate.