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Preval Declared Winner of Haiti's Presidential Election


Former Haitian president Rene Preval has been declared the winner of the Caribbean nation's presidential election.

Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council said Thursday, Mr. Preval received 51 percent of the votes cast last week. His total was raised after a last minute decision to discount 85,000 blank ballots.

Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue told the Associated Press the government acknowledged the final decision of the electoral council and saluted Mr. Preval's election.

The announcement follows five days of protests by Preval supporters who alleged massive voter fraud. Mr. Preval urged his supporters to demonstrate peacefully.

Haitian officials stopped the vote count Wednesday after thousands of ballots were found burning in a trash heap outside the capital, Port-au-Prince.

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