UN Security Council members arrive in Haiti for 3-day visit amid nation’s political gridlock

U.N. Security Council members are in Haiti for a three-day visit aimed in part at urging the government to hold long-delayed municipal and legislative elections.

Council members arrived Friday and expect to meet with officials including President Michel Martelly during their stay. Martelly began ruling by decree last week when Parliament was dissolved after legislators’ terms expired amid a political stalemate.

The U.N. said in a statement that it also will assess the implementation of council resolutions such as the strengthening of Haiti’s police force.

The visit comes just days after a new Cabinet and other government leaders were sworn in.

Council members have extended the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti by a year and expect to cut the number of troops from 5,021 to 2,370 by June.

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