A Ba­nana Ex­porter Wins Haiti’s Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - Source: Caribbean 360

Pre­lim­i­nary re­sults show a sec­ond round in Haiti’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tions won’t be nec­es­sary, after the win­ner in the first round of elec­tions – ba­nana ex­porter Jovenel Moïse – took more than 50 per­cent of the vote.

Haiti’s Pro­vi­sional Elec­toral Coun­cil (CEP) re­ported that Moïse took 55.67 per­cent of the vote in the Novem­ber 20 elec­tion, far ahead of his clos­est ri­val Jude Ce­lestin who won 19.52 per­cent of the vote, fol­lowed by Jean-Charles Moïse with 11.04 per­cent and Maryse Nar­cisse with 8.99 per­cent.

With Moïse’s sim­ple ma­jor­ity, a planned Jan­uary runoff will be avoided once the los­ing can­di­dates do not con­test the re­sults.

Moïse, 48, who runs a ba­nana ex­port com­pany that he sees as a model for ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, also won the first round in the Oc­to­ber 2015 elec­tions that was scrapped fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of wide­spread fraud. His mar­gin, how­ever, was not as large.

Vi­o­lent clashes marked the wait for th­ese lat­est elec­tion re­sults. The protests and un­rest were led by sup­port­ers of for­mer pres­i­dent Jean-Ber­trand Aris­tide’s Fanmi Lavalas Party, which claimed vic­tory for its can­di­date, Nar­cisse, soon after the elec­tion.

In­terim pres­i­dent Jo­cel­erme Privert had ap­pealed for calm ahead of the an­nounce­ment, say­ing, “Re­sort­ing to acts of vi­o­lence can only spoil the fruits of the beau­ti­ful day we had on Novem­ber 20”.

Privert was ap­pointed by par­lia­ment in Fe­bru­ary after the in­cum­bent, Michel Martelly, stepped down at the end of his term with no new pres­i­dent in place. Moïse was Pres­i­dent Martelly’s cho­sen suc­ces­sor.

Jovenel Moïse, a ba­nana ex­porter took more than 50 per­cent of the votes in the re­cently held pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in Haiti.

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