Michel Martelly from singer to be Haiti President

Haiti has chosen one of his favorite musician as President: Michel Martelly to the shattered country up again. For political novice, this means a daunting task.

Martelly singer wins presidential election

The popular, especially among the young singer Michel Martelly won the presidential election in Haiti. According to the Monday of the Electoral Commission in Port-au-Prince released preliminary results of the 50-year-old came to 67.6 percent of the vote. As the new president, he faces the difficult task of following the earthquake more than a year to build even more difficult ravaged country again.

In relation to the most popular singers in the run-off 20th March, the former First Lady Manigat Mirland election. For them, the preliminary results, according to 31.7 percent of the electorate voted. In the vote Martelly apparently benefited mainly from the fact that he is very popular among the youth. This did the carnival singer who criticized by his satirical performances like the previous government, even before he announced his presidential candidacy.

For the campaign of political newcomer exchanged one against his stage costumes tailored suits and promised that the corruption and the failure of the authorities to declare war. Also wants the 50-year-old reduce the dependence of the poorest countries on the American continent by foreign aid organizations.

Currently, Haiti can not exist without outside help, in fact. Still all the traces of the devastating earthquake of January 2010 are seen in which more than 225,000 people were killed. Hundreds of thousands of people still live in makeshift tent cities. The international community will provide ten billion dollars Haiti aid.

Originally, the preliminary election results had to be already announced last Thursday. The Election Commission postponed this but, because their claims to be in the evaluation of the vote a “high degree of fraud and irregularities of various kind have been found.

Martelly portrait of a Haitian artist: The popular singer was given the provisional election results, according to 67.6 percent of the vote

Lengthy dispute
Forgery and fraud had existed already in the first round. It originally landed, according to preliminary results Manigat in the first place, Martelly only on the third. After months of bickering and allegations of fraud, the Election Commission finally decided in February that Manigat Martelly and will contest the second round.

The final result of the ballot is on 16 April will be published. Given the large lead of Martelly the preliminary results but is considered certain that he is the new president of the Caribbean nation. The official takeover is on 14 Scheduled for May. The former president René Préval was allowed after two terms no longer present themselves as candidates.

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