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Haiti’s January 24 Elections Postponed

Tensions mounted in Haiti in recent weeks as the current government and the international community seemed poised to push forward with fraudulent elections on Sunday, January 24. Suddenly on Friday, January 22, election officials announced that the elections were postponed. Many in Haiti and abroad are celebrating this victory for democracy.

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Haiti elections scheduled for Sunday have been canceled

Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald
January 22, 2016

In this Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 photo, protesters chant anti-government slogans during a protest demanding the cancellation of the upcoming elections, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Just two days before the presidential and legislative runoffs, the spokesman for Haiti's electoral council said Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, that the council has agreed to postpone for a second time.


Haitian elections officials Friday afternoon abruptly canceled Sunday’s planned elections amid escalating protests and violence around the country.
Moments earlier, the officials had halted the distribution of voting materials and began recovery of those that had already gone out.
Elections officials said at a news conference that safety could not be guaranteed for voters or poll workers.
The cancellation is “a victory for all of the democratic sector,” said Jude Célestin, the main opposition candidate in Sunday’s election.
“This isn’t just about me. It’s also about all the people who supported me and who fought for us to arrive here,” he told the Miami Herald.
The electoral commission’s about-face came after the international community said it is leaving the door open for Haitians to find a political consensus that could lead to the postponement of Sunday’s partial legislative and presidential runoff.


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