Haiti leader sends election law for publication

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Posted: Dec 10, 2013 9:38 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haitian government took an important step on Tuesday to organize legislative and local elections that are two years overdue.

President Michel Martelly's office announced that it had sent an electoral law to the official gazette for publication. The document, which has not been made public, seeks to clarify debate surrounding the question of term limits.

Opposition lawmakers have said that the terms of 10 Senate seats don't expire until January 2015 while accusing the Martelly government of saying the seats expire next month. Opposition politicians and others fear Martelly will rule by decree if the terms of the Senate seats expire then.

The elections are to fill 10 seats in the 30-member Senate and hundreds of local posts, to which Martelly has appointed dozens of interim officials.