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Ariel Henry looks on during a ceremony at La Primature in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on July 20. Photo: Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP via Getty Images

Haiti's November election has been postponed after Prime Minister Ariel Henry on Monday dismissed the nine-member council responsible for organizing elections, per Reuters.

The latest: Henry told AP Tuesday evening that a referendum to reform the country's constitution will take place by February, with presidential and legislative elections to follow shortly thereafter.

Why it matters: Haiti's elections have already been postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNN notes.

What he's saying: "The train has derailed for some time in Haiti," Henry told CNN. "We want to move as quickly as possible to the restoration of democracy through elections."

  • Henry said the current election council "cannot organize elections" and that a new council will be formed to replace them.
  • The new elections will take place in the first few months of 2022, following a review of the country's constitution, Henry told CNN.

Of note: Some lawmakers approved of the decision to dismiss the council over concerns of its legitimacy and partisanship, per Reuters.

The big picture: In recent months, Haiti has been wracked by the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and a recent 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

  • Earlier this month, Haiti's chief prosecutor asked a judge to charge Henry in connection with the July assassination.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of Henry's election pledge to AP.

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Two Fulton election workers have been fired after they were accused of shredding hundreds of voter registration applications, which prompted Georgia’s secretary of state to call on the federal government to investigate the county's operations.

Why it matters: The latest saga out of Georgia’s most populous county comes months after the State Board of Elections appointed a panel to review the county’s elections process, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Members of the Food and Drug Administration's vaccine expert panel on Friday unanimously endorsed a booster shot for adult recipients of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine at least two months after the initial dose.

Why it matters: The advisory committee raised concerns about a dearth of data to support their decision but ultimately decided to support an additional shot for those over 18.

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Photo: Brent Stirton/Getty Images

A U.S. Capitol Police officer has been indicted on obstruction of justice charges for allegedly helping hide evidence of a participant's involvement in the Jan. 6 riot.

Driving the news: Officer Michael A. Riley, 50, is accused of telling the unidentified participant, referred to as "Person 1," in the Jan. 6 riot to delete posts from Facebook, which showed them in the Capitol during the attack.