Entrepreneur Jovenel Moïse elected president of Haiti

Haitian President-elect Jovenel Moïse. PHOTO/ Hector Retamal/AFP

Moïse wins presidential election with comfortable margin

Haitians have chosen businessman Jovenel Moïse as their next president.

According to preliminary results, Moïse won 55.6 percent of the vote.
He was the leading contender in first-round presidential balloting last year and headed for a runoff. But the second round was repeatedly derailed amid fraud allegations and the results were eventually annulled after a Haitian commission reported finding what appeared to be significant irregularities and misconduct.

No Runoff

This time no runoff will apparently be needed because Moïse, an agricultural entrepreneur and candidate of former President Michel Martelly’s Tet Kale party, got over 50 percent in the November 20 election redo and led his nearest competitor by well over 25 percentage points. Either result was enough to win under Haiti’s election rules.

“The Haitian people have made their choice and voted for me in the first round. Thank you all for your trust. Long live Haiti!” Moïse wrote on his Twitter account.

Second-place candidate Jude Célestin of the Lapeh political party had 19.5 percent in the preliminary count announced by electoral officials. The third place finisher, Moïse Jean-Charles, got 11 percent.

The final count will be turned over to Haiti’s electoral tribunal, where political parties can dispute the results before electoral winners are certified December 29.

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