Haiti’s lead­ing can­di­date speaks against coun­cil

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

PORT-AU-PRINCE: Sup­port­ers of one of her com­peti­tors in Haiti's pres­i­den­tial elec­tion set bar­ri­cades on fire and threw rub­ble at cars when ini­tial re­sults put him third. The No. 2 fin­isher urged his par­ti­sans to mobilize and his staff warned they could start a war.

But dur­ing the turmoil since the pre­lim­i­nary vote count, Mir­lande Mani­gat, the 70-year-old law pro­fes­sor and for­mer first lady in first place, has kept her calm and stayed in the class­room and her stuc­cow­alled of­fice.

In an in­ter­view with The As­so­ci­ated Press on Mon­day, she blamed the dis­cord on a "cri­sis of con­fi­dence" with Haiti's elec­toral of­fi­cials.

She also de­fended her de­ci­sion not to par­tic­i­pate in a re­count and said she is open to power-shar­ing agree­ments with other par­ties as a means of emerg­ing from the cri­sis.

"Now we are in a sit­u­a­tion which has no re­la­tion what­so­ever ei­ther with the con­sti­tu­tion or to the elec­toral law," Mani­gat said. "I would like to see my coun­try head­ing for a true democ­racy, and I am per­son­ally concerned about the whole sit­u­a­tion." -Ap

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