Deputies and senators took their seats in Haiti’s parliament on Monday, enabling the fragile democracy’s legislature to reconvene after a prolonged crisis but still facing a credibility shortfall.
Around 50 people protested briefly outside the building over elections to the parliament, which were held years late and marred by violence and allegations of fraud.
Still struggling from a 2010 earthquake that killed more than 250,000 people, Haiti’s parliament was belatedly dissolved in January last year.
Monday’s session took place even though the fractious elections failed to fill all the seats.
Twenty-six seats for senators and six for deputies are being contested in a partial second round of voting scheduled for January 24th. On the same day, Haiti will hold the runoff vote in the presidential election, which has also been deeply controversial.