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Haitian Election Official Flees in Wake of Threats


Haiti's chief elections official has fled the country after receiving threats following this month's presidential elections.

Officials say Jacques Bernard flew to the United States on Sunday, a day after his farmhouse was ransacked.

Bernard was accused by some people who supported candidate Rene Preval of manipulating the vote count to prevent Preval from claiming an outright victory and avoid a runoff vote.

Preval was declared the winner last week in an internationally-brokered decision to divide 85,000 blank ballots proportionately among the candidates.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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