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Presidential run-off in landmark presidential election

December 27, 2015 - HAITI

Haitians vote in a presidential run-off between political newcomer Jovenel Moïse and former government executive Jude Célestin following a first round in October. The landmark elections could cement democracy in the western hemisphere's poorest country.

• Jovenel Moise is a business man, born June 26, 1968. He is the presidential candidate for the government backed PHTK party and received 32.7 per cent of votes in the first round in the election.

• Jude Célestin, born June 19, 1962, was executive director of the government's construction ministry, before being nominated as the presidential candidate for President René Préval's Unity (INITE) party. He received 25.3 per cent of the votes in the first round.

• Haiti needs to improve its impoverished economy and become independent of foreign aid donations, following the 2010 earthquake.

Reeling Haiti holds presidential and long-overdue municipal elections (Newsahead Oct 2015)

Violent clashes in Haiti's capital after disputed elections (Telegraph 21 Nov 2015)

Haiti's government candidate advances to presidential runoff (Reuters 6 Nov 2015)

Date written/update: 2015-11-23