Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Preval to Prevail

A Brazilian official proposed a sensible way out to the Haitian electoral crisis: “It would be ideal if the candidates acknowledge to have lost and also recognize Preval’s victory”, reads a BBC quote from Marco Aurélio Garcia, a Brazilian representative to the UN mission overseeing the electoral process.

The head of the UN mission, US envoy Martin, also proposed a potential way out during an interview to the Argentine news agency Telam: "If the blank votes are not counted, Preval would have approximately 51 per cent, but that would mean changing the Electoral Law, and that does not seem appropriate since it could be seen as being done to favour one candidate over another."

The political future of Haiti is being negotiated amid public demostrations. The UN has an opportunity to put an end the the electoral crisis.


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