Fidel Castro warns of political chaos in Haiti

19:39, January 12, 2011      

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Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, on the eve of the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, called on the international community to help avoid chaos in that country.

"We hope that the representatives of Latin America and the UN members can help Haiti avoid the chaos that might be created if the fight breaks out between rival parties, as destruction, poverty and epidemics are still beating strongly in this nation," Castro said in an article published Tuesday.

In the first-round Haitian presidential elections on Nov. 28, former first lady Mirlande Manigat won 31.37 percent of the vote, ahead of Jude Celestin, candidate for the ruling Inite (Unity) coalition, with 22.48 percent, and popular singer candidate Michel Martelly with 21.84 percent.

The announcement of the results sparked a wave of violence all over the country, prompting President Rene Preval to seek help from the Organization of American States (OAS) to recount the ballots.

The Haitian presidential runoff, originally scheduled for Jan. 16, has been postponed as results of the recount have not been announced. No new date has yet been set.

Source: Xinhua
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