Violence and protests marred election day in Haiti, delivering yet another blow to the Caribbean country that is dealing with a cholera outbreak and the effects of the massive earthquake in January. The Associated Press reports that the country “could now be on the edge of full-on political turmoil.” Some groups took to the streets to decry what they claim as outright fraudulent activities committed during the Nov. 28 elections. Meanwhile, 12 of the 19 presidential hopefuls, including top candidates, gathered to denounce President Rene Preval and his apparent successor, Jude Celestin. The candidates also called for the polls to be cancelled.
“It is clear that the government of Rene Preval, in agreement with the (electoral council), is putting into execution the plan hatched to tamper with the elections … with the help of the official political party and its candidate, Jude Celestin,” Anne Marie Josette Bijou, an independent candidate, said according to AP.