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Blank Ballots Decide Haiti Election

Haitians celebrated in the streets Thursday as word quickly spread that Rene Preval will be Haiti’s next president. A former Haitian leader with a huge following among the poor, Preval was declared the winner of the Feb. 7 election after thousands of blank ballots were subtracted from the count, giving him a 51.15 percent of the votes. His closest rival, Leslie Manigat, accused election officials of breaking the rules to give Preval a first-round victory instead of forcing the two into a runoff. Manigat, who like Preval is a former president, had about 12 percent of the vote. Full Story

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