BBC News-Haiti deal reached to avert crisis over delayed polls

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Haiti deal reached to avert crisis over delayed polls
Haitian President Michel Martelly has reached a deal with the senate and the chamber of deputies to avert a political crisis over long-delayed elections which sparked mass protests.

Officials said Mr Martelly had signed an agreement with the presidents of the two chambers to extend their mandate.

Lawmakers will now have to sign off on the deal.

If it is not passed, Haiti could be left without a functioning government once the mandates expire on 12 January.

Under the agreement, Haiti’s deputies would be extended in their posts until 24 April and senators until 9 September.

The deal comes just over two weeks after Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe resigned in the wake of violent protest at the delayed elections.
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