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Sunday
Mar202011

Haiti Holds Presidential Elections

ABC News(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) -- The polls were open in Haiti on Sunday, as the country held elections to select its next president.

Haitian voters have two candidates to choose from: music star Michel Martelly and former first lady Mirlande Manigat. Sunday’s election is the second round of voting, with polls set to be open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The first round of voting was held on Nov. 28, with only 23 percent of the 4.7 million eligible voters casting their votes.

Election results are expected to be announced on March 31. Whoever is chosen to run the country for the next five years will be faced with the task of dealing with the numerous problems that has plagued the country following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake which rocked the island on Jan. 12, 2010, killing thousands and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

The days leading up to the election have provided no shortage of news headlines, with former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide returning to the country from exile on Friday and Martelly supporter-singer Wyclef Jean being shot in the hand on Saturday.

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