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Provisional Results: Moise Wins Haiti Election in First Round

  • Reuters

FILE - Presidential candidate Jovenel Moise, right, from the PHTK party, leaves after a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

FILE - Presidential candidate Jovenel Moise, right, from the PHTK party, leaves after a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

Banana exporter Jovenel Moise won Haiti's presidential election in the first round, provisional results released by the election council on Monday showed, after a Nov. 20 election intended to end a year of political uncertainty.

Moise won 55.67 percent of the vote, the council said, a majority that means the impoverished Caribbean nation will avoid a runoff election and months more in a political void, if the losing candidates do not contest the result.

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