Haiti: Presidential election heads to runoff

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Mirlande Manigat and Jude Célestin are the top vote-getters of Haiti’s troubled presidential election and will compete in a Jan. 16 runoff, according to preliminary results announced by Haiti’s electoral council (CEP) on Dec.7.

The winner will oversee the about US$10 billion pledged by international donors in post-earthquake reconstruction aid as Haiti’s next president, replacing René Préval.

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A boy waves the Haitian flag at the beginning of an anti-election demonstration on Dec. 4 in downtown Port-au-Prince. (Jacob Kushner for Infosurhoy.com)