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Partial Election Results Show Preval's Party with About One Third of Senate Seats


Partial results from Haiti's general election show the party of President-elect Rene Preval has won about a third of the seats in the Senate.

Haiti's electoral council announced Monday that Mr. Preval's Lespwa party won 11 of the Senate's 30 seats in Friday's runoff election.

The results also show Lespwa with 20 of the the 97 seats up for a vote in the lower house of parliament, the Chamber of Deputies. More results are expected to be released Tuesday.

Mr. Preval won the presidency in a February 7 vote, receiving broad support from the poor.

The vote ushered in the first democratically elected government in Haiti since the violent ouster of Jean-Bertrand Aristide in 2004.

Under Haitian law, the party holding at least half of the seats appoints a prime minister. However, no party fielded enough candidates to form a government on its own.

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