2006-02-16 18:44:25

Haiti Election Unrest

(16 Feb 06 - RV) Two years on from a political coup that rocked haiti, the western hemisphere’s poorest nation finally has a new leader.
Former prime minister Rene Preval, was declared president today, following last week's vote marred by claims of irregularities.
Preval gained 51% of the vote after authorities reached a last-minute deal to remove thousands of blank ballot papers from the count.
UN peacekeepers are stepping up security in the city to prevent any rioting by opponents of the winner. Auxillary Bishop of Port-Au-Prince, Pierre-Andre Dumas, says the elections can only be declared a victory if they benefit the Haitian population… RealAudioMP3

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