- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida congresswoman is calling on Haiti’s Senate to approve an agreement seeking to organize long-overdue parliamentary and local elections in the Caribbean country.

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., raised the elections in a meeting last month in Haiti with President Michel Martelly, fellow Republican Mario Diaz-Balart and Democrat Frederica Wilson.

Ros-Lehtinen said Wednesday she was concerned that the vote still was delayed. The elections would fill 20 of 30 Senate seats, all the seats in Haiti’s 99-member Chamber of Deputies and 140 posts at the local level.

Haiti’s executive and legislative branches and opposition parties agreed last month to organize elections before year’s end. The Senate still must approve that agreement.

Ros-Lehtinen says Congress is “watching closely this process in Haiti as we examine our foreign aid package.”



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