16 Jan '11, 1am

Haiti delays presidential runoff

PORT-AU-PRINCE: The second round of Haitian presidential and legislative elections scheduled for Sunday has been postponed, the Provisional Electoral Council said Saturday. "January 16 was a date set on the electoral calendar. Since final results from the first round of voting have not yet been declared, the date is no longer valid," council chief Pierre-Louis Opont told AFP. Violent protests flared in the Caribbean nation -- still struggling to recover from last year's devastating earthquake -- when December's first round results revealed popular singer Michel Martelly had failed to win a place in the run-off. Instead he had been beaten by just 7,000 votes by Jude Celestin, the handpicked protege of President Rene Preval, who was set to run against first lady Mirlande Manigat for the second round, sparking allegations of fraud. Opont said a second round would not take pla...

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