23 Jan '11, 3am

Haiti braces for new votes protests

Haiti braces for new votes protests

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Haiti braced for more unrest, with presidential candidates calling for street protests Sunday to annul the November elections marred by fraud allegations. The candidates were calling for peaceful protests, but the atmosphere has been tense -- and the surprise return of former strongman Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier after a quarter-century in exile has further muddied the political waters. The calls came as Haiti's election commission (CEP) began hearing legal complaints about the elections, the initial results of which saw President Rene Preval's handpicked candidate edge a popular singer out of a run-off. The political crisis has compounded the woes of the western hemisphere's poorest country, still in ruins from a catastrophic earthquake a year ago that killed some 220,000 people and now battling a cholera outbreak. "There is only one way (forward), and...

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