PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A U.S. senator visiting Haiti says Haitian President Michel Martelly plans to hold overdue elections before the end of the year.
Florida Democrat Bill Nelson is in Haiti to meet with Martelly and other Haitian leaders. He's also looking at U.S. projects for helping Haiti rebound from the earthquake three years ago.
Haiti was supposed to hold legislative and local elections in November 2011, but political infighting among the government's different branches has held up the vote. The elections are needed to fill one-third of Haiti's 30-member Senate as well as dozens of local posts.
Nelson says he has also visited schools and met with opposition leaders in Parliament.
He made the comments in a phone interview Tuesday with The Associated Press.