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Preliminary Results: Martelly Wins Haitian Presidency


Haiti's presidential candidate Michel Martelly (file photo)

Haiti's presidential candidate Michel Martelly (file photo)

Haiti's electoral council has declared popular singer Michel Martelly the winner of the country's presidential runoff election.

In preliminary results announced Monday, officials gave Martelly nearly 68 percent of the vote, defeating former first lady Mirlande Manigat. Final results are due to be released April 16.

Martelly, who has no political experience, has a tough job in front of him. Much of the capital Port-au-Prince is still in ruins from the January 2010 earthquake. Hundreds of thousands still live in tent camps,

A cholera epidemic has killed thousands and the country is rife with poverty and unemployment.

Manigat won November's first round presidential election, with ruling party candidate Jude Celestin initially declared the second place finisher and eligible for the runoff.

The results set off deadly protests by Martelly supporters.

An Organization of American States review found fraud and recommended that Martelly be declared the runner up and eligible for the second round instead of Celestin.

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

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