Election Results In, Haiti Erupts in Violence

Protesters angry their man didn't make the run-off
By Eiric Baardsen,  Newser User
Posted Dec 8, 2010 9:18 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Dec 8, 2010 9:58 AM CST

(User Submitted) – Violent protests erupted in Haiti this morning following last night's announcement that the presidential election is headed for a January run-off vote—without Michel Martelly's name on the ballot, Reuters reports. Supporters of the popular musician took to the streets in a show of anger after he was narrowly eliminated in the first round of voting, which pitted him against former First Lady Mirlande Manigat and Jude Celestin, a candidate favored by the current president.

The US embassy released a statement questioning the results of the Nov. 28 election and suggested that “the will of the Haitian people” might not have been reflected. The international community had been hoping for a smooth election to ensure continuity as the country continues to recover from January’s earthquake and battle a cholera epidemic. Read the full article.

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