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Haiti postpones presidential runoff vote: officials

Pedestrians take cover during clashes between police and demonstrators protesting election results in Sonapi, Port-au-Prince on December 16, 2015Port-au-Prince (AFP) – On the heels of alleged electoral irregularities, Haiti has pushed back next week’s presidential runoff, election officials said, without immediately announcing a new date. The runoff was to pit Jovenel Moise — backed by outgoing president Michel Martelly and the ruling party — against Jude Celestin, the second-place vote-getter from more than 50 contenders in the first round of balloting. The October presidential election was the latest attempt in the Americas’ poorest country to shed chronic political instability and work toward development.

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