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Haiti Elections Set for December 27


Haitian officials say presidential and legislative elections that have twice been postponed will take place on Tuesday, December 27.

The officials say a presidential runoff, if needed, would be held on January 31. The elections were originally scheduled for October 9, then for November 20, but postponed both times because of poor organization by Haiti's electoral council.

The Associated Press quotes interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue as saying all the problems with the elections have been anticipated, and that officials have a solution for each of them. U.S. and French officials have been pressuring Haiti to put a new government in place by February 7 as required by Haiti's constitution.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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