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Violent protests spread in Haiti over elections results

English.news.cn   2011-04-28 05:32:46 FeedbackPrintRSS

SANTO DOMINGO, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Violent demonstrations spread across Haiti on Wednesday as protesters blocked roads and damaged cars in the capital Port-au-Prince, destroyed a radio station and set fire to a hospital, demanding that the results of the legislative elections last month be checked for irregularities.

In the Cite Soleil district of Port-au-Prince protesters threw stones after traffic and damaged four vehicles, while some of the most violent protests were reported in the North-Eastern town of Carice where the local radio station Te Ansnma Karis was totally destroyed, according to reports reaching here from Haiti.

Demonstrations were also reported in many other cities across the country in response to the final results of the March 20 presidential and legislative elections which were announced earlier this month by the Provisional Electoral Council of Haiti ( CEP).

In the northern border region of Belladere, protesters attacked the office of the Dominican Republic's consular mission and set a hospital on fire, killing two people including the hospital's director, while in the Central Plateu region houses were set on fire by the protesters.

While there has been no protests against the results of the presidential votes, which gave popular singer Michel Martelly a landslide victory with over 67 percent of the popular vote, a number of complaints and accusations of fraud and other irregularities have been filed with the CEP over the results of the votes for Haiti's parliament.

According to the CEP, Haiti's ruling Unity Party won 46 seats in the Chamber of Deputies (Congress) while president-elect Martelly's Farmers' Response Party got 3 seats.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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