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Haiti: Jovenel Moise Confirmed Winner of Presidential Election

HAITI, (FNN NEWS) The BBC is reporting Presidential candidate Jovenel Moise will be the next president of Haiti.

Haitian businessman Jovenel Moise has been officially declared winner of November’s presidential election.

Mr Moise, a 48-year-old banana exporter, was elected with 55.6% of the vote, well ahead of his closest rival, an electoral tribunal confirmed.

Officials dismissed allegations of fraud. But some protesters marched in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The poorest country in the Americas, Haiti has been led by an interim president since last February.

It has been blighted by political instability for decades, and is vulnerable to natural disasters. Haiti is still recovering from Hurricane Matthew, which killed up to 1,000 people in October.

On Tuesday, the electoral tribunal confirmed preliminary numbers released in November. Mr Moises’s closest rival Jude Celestin, had 19.5% of the vote.

The president-elect, from the centre-right Haitian Tet Kale Party and backed by former President Michel Martelly, is expected to take office by 7 February.

Read BBC’s full story, here.

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