The United States has suspended all aid to Haiti until the presidential election in the Caribbean country is completed, the US State Department said Thursday.

The State Department's spokesman said during a press conference that the United States informed Haiti of the decision on July 1.

The presidential election in the impoverished country was launched in October 2015, but a run-off has been delayed several times after numerous allegations of fraud and violence that followed.

the mandate of the current president, Jocelerme Privert provisionally appointed to complete the electoral process, ended June 14, 2016, and his mandate beyond this date is subject to a tense debate in the country. He remains the de facto president until Parliament decides his fate.

But the National Assembly held twice failed to vote on his mandate.