Haiti on Monday postponed a constitutional referendum scheduled for June 27 citing the coronavirus pandemic, but did not give a new date for the vote in the latest twist in its political crisis. President Jovenel Moise has been ruling Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, by decree after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed and following disputes on when his own term ends. In addition to presidential, legislative and local elections set for September, Moise had wanted to submit a new draft of the island nation’s constitution to a popular vote on June 27. Last month he had vowed to go ahead despite international criticism that the process is not “inclusive, participatory or transparent” enough in a country plagued by political insecurity and criminal gangs. But on Monday an official statement said the decision to postpone was motivated by “difficulties” the electoral council faced as it tries “to assemble and train all the temporary staff” for the poll in the face of the pandemic. A new date would be set “after the recommendations of the health authorities and the technical advice of the executives of the electoral institution,” it said. On May 24 Haiti declared a state of health emergency due to the increase in cases of Covid-19.