Haiti Reacts to the Election Results

December 9, 2010

As feared, Haitians are angry over the preliminary results of Haiti's controversial Presidential election. We spoke to journalist Joseph Guyler Delva to find out what's happening on the streets of Port-au-Prince.



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Haiti's Preliminary Election Results

Preliminary results of Haiti's controversial Presidential election are out and many Haitians aren't buying them. Cars are burning. There have been gun-shots. Businesses and schools are closed. And protesters torched the headquarters of Haiti's ruling party in Port au Prince. The results have Mirlande Manigat -- a former Senator and first lady -- in first place. Jude Celestin -- President Rene Preval's hand-picked successor -- is in second place. And Michel Martelly -- a former singer who is better known as "Sweet Micky" -- sits just one per cent behind Celestin, in third place. But that one per cent difference is enough to keep Martelly out of the run-off election between the two top candidates. And that has infuriated his supporters. Going into the election, Martelly's supporters believed he was the front-runner. And when I spoke with him on Tuesday -- right before the results were released -- he thought so too.

Late yesterday, Michel Martelly was calling on his supporters to only hold non-violent protests. Joseph Guyler Delva is an award-winning Haitian journalist. He's a correspondent for Reuters newswire. He was in Port au Prince.

Benoit Charette was in Haiti last month for the election, as part of a delegation of observers with l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. He's also a Parti Quebecois Member of Quebec's National Assembly. He was in Quebec City.

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