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Haitian Elections Go to ‘Run-off’

Haitians protest electionsDespite criticisms and allegations of fraud, presidential elections in Haiti took place November 28, 2010. The ballots, consisting of 19 candidates, did not include famed Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean, who failed to make the bid due to residency requirements.

The results were inconclusive and will require a “run-off” election between First Lady Mirlande Manigat and government technocrat Jude Celestin, protege of outgoing President Rene Preval.

Haitians, protesting the “fraudulent elections” have taken to the streets, staging riots with reports of rock-throwing and tire-burning. Cholera and the allegations of corruption and fraud cloud the future of Haiti. The run-off is scheduled for January 16, 2011.

Posted in World News

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