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New protests over Haiti vote result

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 00:45

Haitians mark the 25th anniversary of the country's first democratic election while protesting the outcome of the most recent poll. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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BROADCAST AND DIGITAL RESTRICTIONS~**Broadcasters: NONE Digital: NONE~** ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Haitians combined ongoing protests with celebration on Wednesday (December 16) marking 25 years since former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the country's first democratically-elected president, was voted into office. Aristide is a former priest-turned-politician who was first elected on December 16, 1990. He is still very popular among Haiti's poor. On Airport Road in Delmas, a Port-au-Prince neighbourhood, demonstrators filled the streets and waved signs in protest over the outcome of the country's most recent election held on October 25, which many believe was fraudulent. The wave of protests began in early November when Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced that government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise and the former head of Haiti's state construction company, Jude Celestin, would face each other in a runoff. The demonstrations led by leaders of several political parties have almost become a daily event in the Haitian capital. They accuse President Michel Martelly's party of tampering ballots to benefit Moise. Haiti has struggled to build a stable democracy ever since the overthrow of the dictatorship of the Duvalier family, which led the country from 1957 to 1986. Haitians will go to the polls on December 27 to vote in the run-off.

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New protests over Haiti vote result

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 00:45