Haiti

Martelly wins presidential election


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Michel ‘Sweet Mickey’ Martelly has won the second round of the Haitian presidential election with 68% of the vote.  Former first lady Mirlande Manigat took 32% of the vote according to preliminary results published by the Provisional Electoral Council yesterday (4th April 2011).

A result has been long awaited since the first round poll on 28th November 2010 and ends a long and controversial campaign where Martelly almost didn’t make it to the second round in a disputed first round poll.

The result would suggest that the people of Haiti want to see a break with the establishment.  Martelly, an entertainer with provocative stage shows will have to sort out the problems of a country where over 300,000 people still lives in tents after last year’s earthquake.

The results are provisional and subject to legal challenge.

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