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26851: Hermantin(news)One-time Aristide ally a presidential front runner (fwd)
From: leonie hermantin <email@example.com>
Posted on Sat, Dec. 10, 2005
Latin America & Caribbean Briefs
From Herald Wire Services
PORT-AU-PRINCE - One-time Aristide ally
a presidential frontrunner
A one-time ally of ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and a U.S.
millionaire who has been barred from running have emerged as the top candidates
in next month's presidential election, according to a poll released on Friday.
Rene Preval, a one time Aristide ally who was Haiti's president from 1995 to
2000, was backed by 32 percent, according to the poll released Friday by the
U.S. Embassy and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Haitian-born U.S. businessman Dumarsais Simeus received 21 percent support in
the poll conducted by CID/Gallup, an affiliate of the Gallup organization, for
the U.S. government.
Marc Bazin, the official candidate of Aristide's party -- Lavalas Family -- got
just 4 percent in the poll.
It was the first political survey in Haiti since a bloody rebellion drove
Aristide from power in February 2004. Voters will choose from about 35
candidates for president on Jan. 8.
5 SUPREME COURT JUDGES REMOVED
PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Haiti's interim government said Friday it has removed five of
the 10 judges from the Supreme Court, another move in a tense power struggle
ahead of next month's national elections.
Michel Brunache, chief of staff for interim President Boniface Alexandre, said
the government's decision to retire the judges was made long ago. It was signed
during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday and five new judges have been nominated.