Haiti elections

This week's likely top stories: Venezuelan opposition leaders halt protests in Caracas; Haiti swears in its nine-member Provisional Electoral Council; the U.S. hosts the first-ever Caribbean Energy Security Summit; AT&T acquires Nextel Mexico; Rio’s environment secretary announces that Guanabara Bay will not be clean in time for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Evans Paul took office yesterday as Haiti’s new prime minister amid continued political uncertainty after Parliament was dissolved on Tuesday.

Protesters in Haiti called for the resignation of Haitian President Michel Martelly as they closed a major road in Port-au-Prince on Thursday. Some 2,000 protesters accused Martelly of corruption and demanded that the government hold elections.

A 10-person team from the Organization of American States (OAS) completed a report on Monday that concluded that Michele Martelly won more votes than previously announced in the Haitian presidential elections on November 28, 2010.

The Haitian Electoral Council decided on Sunday to postpone the publication of the results of a recount of the November 28 presidential election.

With 0.7 percent of the vote separating who will compete in the runoff, Haitians are demanding justice.

Haitians took to the polls—and then to the streets—yesterday on election day for President René Préval’s successor amid political violence and widespread accusations of fraud.

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