PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's divided lawmakers are continuing to avoid a parliamentary vote on whether to extend an interim president's mandate or pave the way for another provisional leader.
A National Assembly session was scheduled for Tuesday. But senators and deputies have again ignored demands by their leaders to convene and clear up Haiti's latest leadership muddle.
An opposition coalition argues that interim President Jocelerme Privert is unlawfully holding onto power. But Privert and his backers insist he will stay in office until Parliament finally makes a decision on potentially extending his expired mandate.
In February, a majority of lawmakers elected Privert to be a short-term caretaker leader amid suspended elections and an institutional vacuum in the presidency.
The international community has urged Haiti's Parliament to fulfill their responsibilities and resolve the impasse.
Source : Associated Press