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2 Years After Quake, 500K Homeless in Haiti

But some see 'progress' amid the 'distress'

(Newser) - The wires are awash with two-year anniversary stories about Haiti's earthquake, which pretty much run the optimism gamut from the Washington Post (Headline: "Two years after quake, signs of progress in Haiti") to the Wall Street Journal ("Two Years After Quake, Haiti Remains in Distress").... More »

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 »

Aristide Returns to Haiti

US wanted him to steer clear until after Sunday's election

(Newser) - The US really, really wanted him to stay away until Sunday's presidential elections were over, but Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to Haiti today after a seven-year exile. The former priest and twice-elected president arrived just ahead of a runoff to determine whether pop singer Michel Martelly or former first lady Mirlande... More »

Election Results In, Haiti Erupts in Violence

Protesters angry their man didn't make the run-off

(Newser) - 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... More »

Wyclef Jean Drops Presidential Bid in Haiti

Singer promises to work behind the scenes in Haiti

(Newser) - Wyclef Jean has formally dropped out of the race for president of Haiti. After weeks spent battling election officials' rejection of his campaign, Wyclef conceded that "some battles are best fought off the field. That is where we take this now." Don't peg Wyclef's pullout on modesty—he... More »

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