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Violence roils Haiti despite postponement of election

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 01:24

Protesters march through the streets of Port-au-Prince, calling on outgoing President Michel Martelly to step down, even through authorities canceled a presidential election critics said was riddled with fraud. Diane Hodges reports.

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Protesters marched through the streets of Port-au-Prince again on Saturday, as they called on outgoing President Michel Martelly to step down. The protests come one day after officials canceled Sunday's scheduled presidential runoff, an election opposition politicians say was marred by fraud. Opponents are vowing to keep up the pressure until president Martelly agrees to resign. (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) MANAGER OF JUDE CELESTIN'S POLITICAL CAMPAIGN, GERALD GERMAIN, SAYING: "The demonstrations will continue until the people are satisfied with their demands; that President Martelly leaves on February 7. Afterwards, we will have to reform the electoral council and organize elections that the majority of the people can trust. And then the protests will stop." The demonstrators believe Martelly unfairly favored banana exporter Jovenel Moise. But Moise says he will not abandon his candidacy. (SOUNDBITE) (Creole) HAITIAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, JOVENEL MOISE, SAYING: "The people who went out and voted for the banana man (referring to himself), number five in the PHTK (Moise's political party) on October 25, I ask them to continue to trust in me because I will not let them down. I will not betray them and I will not back down." Haiti may need an interim body to organize the next election, but the government and opposition leaders may find it difficult to agree on who would leads any administration.

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Violence roils Haiti despite postponement of election

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 01:24