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Court Rules Haitian-American Businessman May Run for Haiti's Presidency

Haiti's highest court has ruled a Haitian-American businessman may run for president.

On Tuesday, five Supreme Court judges unanimously ruled that Dumarsais Simeus could be included on a list of presidential candidates. This overruled a September decision by electoral authorities to bar his election run on the grounds that he holds U.S. citizenship.

Mr. Simeus argued that he was born in Haiti and his citizenship should not be an issue.

In an exclusive interview with VOA, Mr. Simeus heralded the Supreme Court's ruling as a great decision for Haitian people around the world. He added he was not surprised by the outcome.

Mr. Simeus has lived in the United States for more than 40 years and owns one of the country's largest black-owned businesses, Texas-based Simeus Foods International.

Haiti's interim Prime Minister Gerard Latortue, meantime, has said the nation's elections will be delayed by several weeks, and not be held November 20 as scheduled.

The upcoming election will be the first since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's ouster in February 2004.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AFP.