Haiti

Celestin to withdraw from Presidential race


Published

Jude Celestin of the governing INITE coalition is said to be ready to withdraw from the Presidential race, according to a colleague.

Following the first round 28th November vote there was a dispute about who came second behind Mirlande Manigat. Early polls suggested that Michel Martelly had come second, but later results from the electoral commission suggested that Jude Celestin had taken the second place.

Following increasing unrest Haitian President Preval asked the Organization of American States (OAS) to report their findings. The report came out in favour of a second round runoff between Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly. However, President Preval did not accept the report.

The impasse can be broken if the rumoured withdrawal of Jude Celestin is correct. This will leave the country free to have a second round runoff probably in February. An announcement is expected on 2nd February.

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