Eight days after the international community hailed Haiti's election, the painfully slow vote count was bogged down yesterday by claims of fraud, protests and delays.
And Haitians will likely have to wait a little longer for the outcome to be announced, after a commission was formed to probe former president Rene Preval's claims of "massive fraud or gross errors."
Preval rejected results based on 90 percent of the voting stations that gave him 48.76 percent of the vote, which leaves him short of the majority he needs to win outright in the first round despite a massive lead over his 31 rivals.
The presidency indicated the final outcome of the Feb. 7 election would not be announced until completion of the probe to be conducted by Preval's party and electoral authorities with the government acting as referee.
Speaking after the UN Security Council and the US and French governments urged Haitians to respect the outcome, the frontrunner said he had explained his position to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan over the telephone.
"We are convinced that we will win in the first round," said Preval, 63, who was president from 1996 to 2001 and who enjoys strong support among the millions of impoverished Haitians.
Local media reported that several ballot boxes were found in a garbage dump outside Port-au-Prince. Television showed pictures of angry Haitians holding up ballots and complaining of fraud.
Preval encouraged his supporters to continue demonstrating their rejection of the partial results, but urged them to do so peacefully and within the law.
Comparatively small groups of demonstrators took to the streets on Tuesday, in sharp contrast with massive protests the previous three days. On Monday, Preval supporters took over the streets of the capital.
India has moved additional troops along its northern border as it prepares for an extended conflict with China, after several rounds of talks failed to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. China has already placed about 5,000 soldiers and armored vehicles within its side of the disputed border in the Ladakh region, an Indian government official said, asking not to be identified, citing rules. India is adding a similar number of troops as well as artillery guns along the border to fend off the continuing incursions by the Chinese army, the official said. The standoff began on May 5, when troops clashed
CLOSELY TRACKED: A US officer said that the warplanes were watched as they flew from Russia by way of Iran and Syria to Libya and were photographed multiple times The US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia’s long-term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. US Brigadier General Gregory Hadfield, deputy director of intelligence, said that the US tracked the MiG-29s and Su-24 fighter bombers flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya’s al-Jufra air base. The base is the main forward airfield for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging an
Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about
Indonesian officials are forcing people who break social distancing rules to recite Koran verses, stay in “haunted” houses and submit to public shaming on social media as the country battles to contain surging novel coronavirus infections. The Southeast Asian archipelago began deploying about 340,000 troops across two dozen cities to oversee enforcement of measures aimed at halting transmission of the disease, such as wearing masks in public. However, provincial leaders are buttressing these efforts with their own zealous campaigns to fight the coronavirus. Police in western Bengkulu Province have assembled a 40-person squad to find lockdown scofflaws and force them to wear