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Haitian Interim Government Fires Five Supreme Court Justices


Haiti's interim government has fired five Supreme Court justices, one day after the court's decision to allow a Haitian-born U.S. millionaire to run for president.

The government has selected five new justices to fill the posts.

In a ruling published Thursday the court rejected a petition from Haiti's Provisional Election Board that argued businessman Dumarsais Simeus should not be allowed to run for president because he holds U.S. citizenship.

Last week, Prime Minister Gerard Latortue told VOA that after the elections, he would support a constitutional amendment allowing Haitians with dual citizenship to vote and run for all offices.

The first presidential and legislative elections in Haiti since former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in a revolt early last year are scheduled for January 8th.

An opinion poll released Friday showed former President Rene Preval and Mr. Simeus are the leading contenders for the presidency.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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