Entries in Michel Martelly (3)


'Sweet Micky' Sworn in as President of Haiti

THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) -- From pop star to the presidential office, that’s the journey Michel Martelly has travelled.

On Saturday, Martelly, 50, was sworn in as president of Haiti, a country still dealing with the devastation that resulted from the January, 2010 earthquake. Martelly, also known as “Sweet Micky,” was inaugurated in a ceremony held in front of the crumbled National Palace in Port-au-Prince. Among the guests at the ceremony was former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the United Nations Special Envoy to Haiti.

During the ceremony there was a minor hiccup in the form of a power outage, however, the swearing-in was eventually able to take place with the presidential sash being placed on Martelly, and perhaps earning him the new nickname “President Micky,” which is his current Twitter moniker.

On April 4, it was announced that Martelly had defeated Mirlande Manigat in the race for president.

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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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American Airlines Cancels All Flights to Haiti Amid Election Protests

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti) – American Airlines has cancelled all flights between Port-au-Prince and the United States due to violence that has erupted over elections.

Thousands of protestors on Wednesday rampaged the city and ransacked offices of the ruling party, INITE, after its candidate, Jude Celestin, advanced to the second-round runoff. Chants of “Hang Celestin” can be heard throughout the city.

Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly did not make the second round, as he trailed Celestin by only 6,800 votes. It is believed that Martelly supporters set fire to an INITE office where guards allegedly shot protestors.

On Election Day, Martelly along with 11 other candidates called for an annulment of the vote over concerns of fraud.

Both the U.S. and the United Nations have questioned the election results.

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