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Final results of Haitian election delayed

Thursday, April 14, 2011 | 10:02 AM    

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CMC) — Haitian officials say the final results of the country's recent runoff presidential elections will be announced next Monday, instead of Saturday as originally planned.

A government official said that not all the conditions have been met for the presentation of the final results of the elections won by singer Michel Martelly, who will replace outgoing President Rene Preval on May 14.

Martelly’s challenger, former first lady and law professor, Mirlande Manigat, has already said she will not contest the preliminary results of the March 20 elections. Martelly had polled almost 68 per cent of the votes cast.

Martelly said that his new government will be all-inclusive and that he plans to make his selections based on qualifications, not political affiliation.

In a radio interview, the President-elect said he is also deciding on his choice for prime minister to help implement his vision for Haiti.

He said his goals include free tuition for all children nationwide, housing for people living in tent camps following last year's earthquake, and strengthening the agricultural sector so Haiti can become more self-sufficient.

But during the interview, Martelly did not say whether he planned to renew the mandate of the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission after its expiration in October.

Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and former US President Bill Clinton co-chair the commission, which is overseeing assistance to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country now recovering from the January 12 earthquake last year that killed an estimated 300,000 people and left more than a million others homeless.

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