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Exclusive: U.S. Postmaster General to pause all operational reforms after outcry

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest against changes in the postal service outside of the condo of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Washington, U.S., August 15, 2020. REUTERS/Cheriss May

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is set to announce later on Tuesday that he will suspend all operational reforms and initiatives until after the election, according to a draft statement seen by Reuters and sources briefed on the matter.

DeJoy will announce that the changes are to “avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail,” according to the draft statement seen by Reuters.

The U.S. Postal Service did not immediately comment.

Reporting by David Shepardson, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien