Haitian President Michel Martelly greets supporters as he departs the Parliament after delivering his farewell speech February 7, 2016 in Port-au-Prince. / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL
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Michel Martelly ended his presidential term Sunday without handing power to a successor, in an electoral crisis highlighting Haiti's long struggle to keep democracy on track in the 30 years since the Duvalier dictatorship ended.The vote, a runoff between Martelly's favored candidate Jovenel Moise and opposition flag-bearer Jude Celestin, was called off following violence and opposition protests by demonstrators alleging that foul play had helped the government candidate take the first round.After Martelly handed him the presidential sash, national assembly president Jocelerme Privert sought to reassure a population on edge.Lawmakers now have five days to elect an interim president whose mandate cannot exceed 120 days.Privert himself is among the "serious candidates," according to several lawmakers, along with high-ranking Judge Jules Cantave.
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