Haiti protesters set fires, block streets ahead of presidential vote

Traders try to rescue their merchandise near a burning car during a protest in Port-au-Prince, on January 18, 2016Port-au-Prince (AFP) – Hundreds of opposition protesters in Haiti burned tires and torched vehicles in Port-au-Prince, ahead of a controversial second-round presidential vote. Haiti heads to the polls Sunday to choose between opposition candidate Jude Celestin and government-backed rival Jovenel Moise. The opposition has called October’s first-round vote — which saw Moise come out ahead of Celestin — an “electoral coup” set up by President Michel Martelly, who cannot run for a second consecutive term under the constitution.

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