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President-Elect Jovenel Moïse Faces Tough Challenges in Haiti

LADB Article ID: 80179
Category/Department: Haiti
Date: 2017-01-12
By: George Rodríguez

Jovenel Moïse, who managed to emerge as the winner in Haiti’s chaotic, year-long election process to become his country’s 58th president, is faced with major challenges, including what is likely to be intense political tension in the form of fierce opposition. Moïse was the top vote-getter in the original presidential vote, which took place in October 2015. But since none of the 52 contenders managed to obtain the necessary minimum of 50% plus one vote, and Moïse’s margin over his closest rival was not above 25%, a runoff was scheduled. Then his rivals challenged the figures announced by the Conseil Électoral Provisoire (Provisional Electoral Council, CEP), alleging major irregularities, which led to the runoff being repeatedly postponed until the results were scrapped and a redo of the vote was set. Preliminary CEP results of the final ballot, which took place on Nov. 20, again showed Moïse in first place with 55.67% of the vote, followed distantly by Jude Célestin with 19.52%, Jean-Charles Moïse (no relation to Jovenel Moïse) with 11.04%, and Maryse Narcisse with 8.99%. The four repeated the positions they took after the 2015 vote.

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