Michel Martelly will not leave power on February 7

Michel Martelly will not leave power on February 7

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We can start getting ready for lots of instability in Haiti if a solution can not be found before February 7th which is just around the corner. Based on the last message from the Haitian President, he has no intention to leave office on February 7 if election is not held and a new elected president is ready to assume power.

As per the mandate, Martelly's rule by a decree since January 2015 ends on February 7, 2016 and he was supposed to leave his office to a successor on February 7, 2016. But since the squabbled politicians of the country continuously failed to complete the recent election process with a runoff, Martelly once said in early January 2016, he will only leave power to people who have been elected in an election, otherwise he doesn't want to stay in power even one day more. It was said at a time when holding the election was perhaps one of the most impossible events in the world. Although the country has not been able to choose his successor, he has left his charge to Me Jules Cantave, the President of the Court of Cassation and the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ). He will act as the new Provisional President of Haiti by virtue of an agreement signed by Michel Martelly, Jocelerme Privert, Cholzer Chancy, the President and Vice-President of the National Assembly respectively. Me Jules Cantave has assumed charge of his office on February 14th for 120 days with a responsibility to organize the presidential election on April 24, 2016.

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