Haiti postpones presidential runoff election again

Haiti presidential election runoff postponed again
Poll scheduled for Sunday postponed for second time over security concerns, electoral council announces.

Haiti postpones presidential runoff election again

Demonstrations against the electoral process in Port-au-Prince have rocked Haiti [Andres Martinez/Reuters]

Demonstrations against the electoral process in Port-au-Prince have rocked Haiti [Andres Martinez/Reuters]
Haiti postponed a presidential election as violent protests erupted after the opposition candidate vowed to boycott the vote over alleged fraud.

On Friday, Pierre Louis Opont, president of Haiti’s electoral council, said the vote scheduled for Sunday was being pushed back for security reasons. He did not say when it now might be held.

Opposition candidate Jude Celestin this week vowed to boycott the election, alleging a first round vote in October was rigged to favor the ruling party candidate.

An anti-government protest turned violent in the capital Port-au-Prince on Friday, and police fired at a group of people who appeared to be looting a shop. One man lay on the ground bleeding profusely, but it was unclear how he was injured.

“The direction (outgoing President Michel) Martelly has taken the country is no good,” said Rolando Joilcoeui, a community worker standing among thousands of people in the streets, as tear gas wafted in the air. “We’ve said ‘no’ to that regime. The election was a fraud.”

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