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Haiti to Receive $41 Million Election Aid Package


The United Nations says the Haitian government has initialed an agreement to receive $41 million in aid to prepare for elections later this year.

A U.N. statement issued Tuesday said the funds will come from Canada, the European Union and the United States. Haiti itself pledged three million dollars.

U.N. Special Representative Juan Gabriel Valdes said the aid package showed that there was strong international support for what he called "the establishment of a stable atmosphere for elections and for the return of constitutional order in Haiti."

On Monday, the International Monetary Fund approved $15.6 million for Haiti, saying the money is intended to help the nation recover from an extended period of political conflict.

Last February, then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled the Caribbean nation amid an armed rebellion. He now lives in exile in South Africa.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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