HAITI FINALLY DECLARES NEW PRESIDENT

Written by on January 4, 2017

Haiti has finally named its new president.

Yesterday, businessman Jovenel Moise was officially declared winner of Haiti’s presidential election that took place November 20.

An electoral tribunal confirmed that Moise was elected with more than 55% of the votes, well ahead of his rival Jude Celestin, who received only 19% of votes. Though there were more than 25 presidential candidates, because Moise won the first-round by more than 55%, he avoided a runoff.

Saying it could find no evidence of massive fraud, the tribunal determined that only 21% of voters actually casts their ballots and only 12% of ballots contained irregularities, which is not enough to sway the final results.

The tribunal’s findings mirror the preliminary results that were announced immediately following the November elections.

Moise – backed by former president Michel Martelly and his Tet Kale Party, is expected to take office by February 7 to succeed interim President Jocelerme Privert, who has been in office since Martelly’s term ended last February without an elected successor.

A banana exporter, Jovenel Moise is a businessman from northern Haiti who has never held political office.


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