[News] HIP predicts Preval winner in Haiti
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Thu Feb 9 08:55:32 EST 2006
HIP predicts Preval winner in Haiti with 63% of the vote
Wednesday, February 28, 2006 - 9:00 PM Haiti Time
HIP - Haiti Based upon exit polls and initial
results, the Haiti Information Project (HIP)
predicts that Rene Garcia Preval has won the
presidency of Haiti with a handy 63% of the vote.
Rene Garcia Preval was the former prime minister
for six months under Aristide's first
administration before a brutal military coup in
September 1991. An agronomist educated in Europe,
he is also a former president of Haiti whose term ran from 1996 to 2001.
Preval's closest rival in the electoral contest,
industrialist Charles Henry Baker, is not
expected to poll with more than 10%. Leslie
Manigat, a former president elected as a military
favorite in 1988, actually polled ahead of Baker
with an estimated 13% of the votes tabulated.
Baker represents the movement that ousted
president Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Feb. 29,
2004. His defeat, and Preval's victory, signals
the end of a U.S.-installed government backed by
the United Nations that is accused of widespread
human rights abuses including summary executions and false imprisonment.
Throughout the capital and during yesterday's
elections, most of those interviewed by HIP saw a
vote for Preval as a vote for the return of Aristide.
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