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Preval Declared Winner in Haiti Election

Rene Preval was declared the winner of Haiti’s presidential election early Thursday under an agreement between the interim government and electoral council, staving off a potential crisis over the disputed vote in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest country. With nearly all the votes counted, Preval had been just shy of the 50 percent margin needed to avoid a runoff next month. Under the agreement, some of the 85,000 blank ballots cast in the Feb. 7 election were subtracted from the total number of votes counted, giving Preval a majority, said Michel Brunache, chief of Cabinet for interim President Boniface Alexandre. Full Story

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