Michel Martelly, who stepped down Sunday as President of Haiti. (Image: Organization of American States, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Top Story — Haiti’s President Michel Martelly left office on Sunday, leaving power in the hands of the prime minister until the legislature can choose an interim president. In his farewell speech, Martelly insisted he was “leaving office to contribute to constitutional normalcy.” The decision to hand power to Prime Minister Evans Paul was made…

Outgoing Haitian President Michel Martelly. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — Haitian opposition leaders on Tuesday rejected President Michel Martelly’s proposal that an interim government, approved by parliament, take over when he leaves office in four days. Haiti faces the prospect of becoming leaderless when Martelly steps down on Feb. 7. Presidential elections were postponed indefinitely in January after opposition candidate Jude Célestin…

Protests in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, over likely corruption in the first round of presidential elections. (Image: YouTube)

Top Story — The Organization of American States will send a special mission to Haiti to help the country emerge from an electoral crisis that has triggered violent protests in the past week, threatening to leave Haiti without leadership. Presidential elections scheduled for this past Sunday were called off indefinitely amid widespread suspicion of voter…

Protests have gripped Haiti in recent days. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — Anti-government protesters took to the streets of Port-au-Prince on Saturday in response to the cancellation the day before of a presidential election. Voters were scheduled to choose on Sunday the successor to outgoing President Michel Martelly in a runoff vote between opposition candidate Jude Célestin and ruling party candidate Jovenel Moïse. The…

Protests in Port-au-Prince on Monday. (Image: Euronews, YouTube)

Top Story — About 2,000 protesters set up barricades, threw rocks and torched cars in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Monday ahead of a presidential and legislative runoff election scheduled for Jan. 24. Monday’s protests came just hours after three electoral offices were set alight late on Sunday in provincial towns in the north. The…

Haitian presidential candidate Jude Célestin (Image: YouTube, screenshot)

Top Story — Haitian presidential candidate Jude Célestin will not take part in a runoff scheduled for Jan. 24 unless outgoing President Michel Martelly approves sweeping changes to prevent voter fraud, a spokesman for Célestin said on Thursday. Célestin has requested that electoral machines be overhauled and that investigations be launched into individuals accused of corruption,…

Electoral commissioner Rosny Desroches. (Image: Youtube)

Top Story — A special commission investigating Haiti’s disputed October presidential election said Monday that widespread voting irregularities in the first round were the result of poll worker incompetence rather than corruption, as opposition candidates have claimed, although it remains unclear whether the revelation can help break a political deadlock and bring about a runoff…

Haitian presidential candidate and former Senator Moïse Jean-Charles (Image: CDH Camara, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Top Story — Despite initial reports of a lack of violence or fraud during Haiti’s municipal, legislative and presidential elections held Sunday, new concerns regarding potential illegal activity have arisen. Some election observers and opposition candidates have claimed that the elections saw systematic fraud on a large scale. Chief among the allegations were those of opposition presidential…

Argentine opposition candidate Mauricio Macri. (Image: Government of Buenos Aires, CC BY 2.0)

Top Story — In Argentina’s presidential election on Sunday, Argentina’s Daniel Scioli failed to avoid a runoff in a major upset, while comedian Jimmy Morales won second-round polls in Guatemala by a landslide and polling in Haiti passed off without either major violence or a clear winner. Scioli, the longtime favorite and the chosen successor…