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Haiti to recheck election results amid high tensions

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Haiti's electoral authorities said Thursday that they would recheck preliminary results from the country's contested Nov. 28 presidential elections, which have triggered nationwide protests.


REUTERS - Haiti's electoral authorities said on Thursday they would urgently recheck vote tally sheets from the Caribbean country's troubled presidential elections to try to defuse a dispute over the results that has triggered nationwide protests.

The review by a special commission to include international election observers would verify tally sheets of votes cast for the top three presidential contenders -- Mirlande Manigat, Jude Celestin and Michel Martelly.
The move by the Provisional Electoral Council followed its announcement late on Tuesday of preliminary results from the Nov. 28 elections which showed former first lady Manigat and government technocrat Celestin going through to a final deciding presidential run-off in January.
Popular musician "Sweet Micky" Martelly had finished third, less than a percentage point behind Celestin, according to these results which have been contested by Martelly.
He accuses outgoing President Rene Preval and Celestin of rigging the results and thousands of his supporters have paralyzed the capital Port-au-Prince and other cities in mass protests that included attacks on public buildings.
The United Nations, the United States and the European Union had expressed concerns about what they called irregularities and inconsistencies in the announced Haitian election results and they have called for the dispute to be resolved through peaceful, legal channels.


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