Haiti protesters stoke political crisis while powers seek consensus




 
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Haiti protesters stoke political crisis while powers seek consensus
 
January 24th, 2016  
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Haiti protesters stoke political crisis while powers seek consensus
By Joseph Guyler Delva and Frank Jack Daniel PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Stone-throwing protesters stoked Haiti's political crisis on Saturday, a day after they forced the Caribbean nation to call off a presidential election and despite calls for consensus from global powers. Haiti was due to choose a replacement for President Michel Martelly in a runoff vote on Sunday, but the two-man race was postponed indefinitely after opposition candidate Jude Celestin refused to participate on alleged fraud that spread anti-government protests and violence nationally. Martelly says the fraud claims are unfounded but critics believe he unfairly favored his chosen successor, banana exporter Jovenel Moise, and some are demanding that Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, start its $100 million election again from scratch.




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