PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI —
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry plans a brief stop in Haiti to discuss preparations for this month's presidential and parliamentary elections.
Kerry is to meet Tuesday afternoon with outgoing President Michel Martelly and other Haitian officials.
Haiti will hold its first round of presidential elections on Oct. 25 at the same time as the vote for legislative seats. With none of the 54 presidential candidates likely to dominate voting, this month's election is expected to leave the two highest vote getters to compete in a Dec. 27 runoff to become Haiti's next leader.
Kerry stops in Haiti during his return to Washington from Chile, where he attended the second "Our Ocean'' conference. He said the U.S. was working to finalize an agreement with Cuba on a protected marine area.