Haiti to Redo Both Rounds of Disputed Presidential Election

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (AP) – Haitian electoral officials announced Monday that a new presidential election will be held in October with additional safeguards in place to avoid the widespread fraud that marred last year’s voting and led to the imposition of an interim government.

The first round of the new presidential election will be Oct. 9 and, if no one secures a majority, a runoff would follow on Jan. 8, Electoral Council President Leopold Berlanger said at a news conference.

All 54 candidates who ran in the disputed October election would be permitted to run again, Berlanger said.

Raul Castro Meets Presidents of Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica and Suriname

President Raul Castro has met the provisional President of Haiti, Jocelerme Privert; Guyanese President, David Granger; Suriname”s Desire Delano Bouterse, and the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, in Havana, CaribFlame reported.

The Cuban head of State held talks on Sunday with the leaders of these Caribbean nations as they participated in the 7th Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), which recently concluded in Havana, national television reported.

During the meeting between Raul Castro and Privert, both leaders reviewed the cooperation Cuba has provided to Haiti in several sectors. The Caribbean country’s commitment to continue supporting the recovery and development of the Haitian nation was underlined.

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