Haiti's top appeals court has ruled that a businessman with dual U.S. and Haitian citizenship should be allowed to run for president.

In a ruling published Thursday, the court rejected a petition from Haiti's Provisional Election Board, which argued against allowing businessman Dumarsais Simeus to run for president because he held U.S. citizenship. The board was appealing a court decision in October to allow Mr. Simeus to run.

Last week, Prime Minister Gerard Latortue told VOA that after the elections, he would support a constitutional amendment allowing Haitians with dual citizenship to vote and run for all offices.

The first presidential and legislative elections in Haiti since former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in a revolt early last year are scheduled for January 8 with possible runoffs one week later.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.