Again, Haiti faces a power vacuum. The n
on-renewable 120-day mandate of the interim president will end tomorrow evening or June 14, 2016 and it is uncertain if he will remain in power or if someone else will be chosen by Parliament to replace him.

Interim President Jocelerme Privert was chosen for the post by the newly sworn in parliament after the constitutional mandate of Michel Martelly had ended this past February 7 without an elected president or otherwise to replace him.


Root of the crisis

Political bickering between Michel Martelly and the legislature during his presidency prevented the holding of elections and had finally led to the expiry of the mandate of all parliamentarians, mayors, and employees in all municipal offices on the whole territory; leaving Michel Martelly, as the only elected leader of the country. "Special agents" were appointed instead.

By decree, on October 25, 2015, Michel Martelly officially launched the electoral process, but allegations of widespread fraud and violence after the publication of the results of the first round presidential elections forced Haitian authorities to cancel the official dates for the holding of the second round three times.


Jocelerme Privert as the then President of the Senate, on behalf of the parliament was the one who negotiated the terms and conditions of the political agreement which provided for the holding of election April 24, 2016 and an elected president to take office on May 14. But because of the rejection of his first choice for prime minister by parliament and nearly the nearly month long it would take to replace him combined with the recent decision of the CEP to implement the recommendations of the Independent Electoral Commission of Audit that the interim president had set up to investigate allegations of fraud; these key dates have not been respected.

The Audit Committee recommended the cancelation of the entire process and start again from zero because frauds were too generalized.