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Martelly Wins Haiti Presidency

Preliminary results show he took 68% against Mirlande Manigat

(Newser) - Musician Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly scored a come-from-behind victory today in Haiti's presidential runoff, according to preliminary results from last month's election. Martelly, who has never held political office, received nearly 68% of the vote in the two-way race with Mirlande Manigat, electoral council spokesman Pierre Thibault said in... More »

Wyclef Jean Barred From Presidential Run

Singer turned away for not having lived in Haiti past 5 years

(Newser) - Haiti's electoral commission approved a whopping 19 candidates yesterday, then rejected 15—including Wyclef Jean over the hip-hop artist's failure to have lived in Haiti for the past five years. The would-be candidate later issued a statement asking supporters to respond "peacefully and responsibly to the disappointment," reports... More »

Wyclef Jean: Why I Ought to Run Haiti

Musician sees 4 key goals for nation

(Newser) - He's already being poo-poohed by everyone from Sean Penn to a former bandmate, so today Wyclef Jean takes to the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal to explain why he thinks he should be president of Haiti. "This little nation with big problems and even bigger heart can... More »

Haiti Relief Puts Few Dents in 'Massive' Need

Food, shelter, medicine in short supply with government invisible

(Newser) - Relief efforts in Haiti are falling far short of the need despite the best intentions of the international response to the devastating earthquake almost a month past. The nation’s government is almost absent as US soldiers struggle to deliver nothing more than rice, and no temporary shelter besides the... More »

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