|Government pledges to hold elections by end of 2012|
|Thursday, 26 July 2012 12:48|
With crucial empty seats still remaining in Haiti's legislative and municipal administrations, the government has pledged to hold general election before the end of this year.
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe confirmed the news at a recent press conference this week in Washington, D.C.
The election will fill the 10 seats currently empty since the terms of several members were expired in May. The positions of municipal mayors have also been hanging in the balance, following the government's recently announced plans to revoke more than 100 elected mayors whose terms have expired.
Lamothe, President Michel Martelly, Minister of Finance and Economy Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie and other officials visited the U.S. capital this week in an economic mission to demonstrate Haiti's economic viability, boasting the country's "prestige" to financial lenders and investors.
Following the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has sustained a laborious but steady economic recovery according to the country's financial data. Haiti received much debt relief with the cancellation of hundreds of millions of debt from the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank.
The country also held the highest GDP growth rate in the Caribbean for 2011 at 5.6 percent. In addition, a report from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean project the country's GDP growth for 2012 at 6 percent.