PORT-AU-PRINCE – Thousands of supporters of the Haitian Tet Kale Party (PHTK) took to the streets of Port-au-Prince to demand the removal of provisional President Jocelerme Privert in a protest that saw tires burned and thoroughfares blocked.
Protesters Saturday called to remove Privert from power for failing to organize elections pending the results of a verification commission.
The commission has one month to finish its report on the first round of the October 2015 presidential elections and make recommendations to the Provisional Electoral Council.
On Friday night, the President convened Parliament for an extraordinary session to be held on June 13, a day before the end of his mandate, and until then suspend all House activity.
According to the PHTK, this does not respect the Feb. 5 political agreement signed by former president Michel Martelly and the Parliament to solve the electoral crisis.
The document was signed a day before the end of the mandate of Martelly, whose successor has still not been chosen due to the political deadlock.
Haiti was expected to hold the run-off elections on April 24 to hand power to a legitimate president in May.
However Privert has said elections must be organized in October, prompting the PHTK to accuse him of trying to remain in power undemocratically.
On Sunday, PHTK called for another great march to demand Privert’s exit, while other groups including Fanmi Lavalas, the party of former president Jean Bertrand Aristide, are also taking to streets to support the verification process.
The verification committee has already created controversy by saying that it will check only 25 percent of the votes, a decision that has been rejected by some sectors who demand 100 percent verification.