Port-au-Prince: The headquarters of
Haiti`s ruling INITE party were set on fire on Wednesday by
protesters outraged that President Rene Preval`s handpicked
successor will be part of a presidential run-off, a news agency
Preval protege Jude Celestin defied pre-election
opinion polls and unofficial estimates to finish second in the
November 28 polls behind former first lady Mirlande Manigat,
with the top two qualifying for the run-off, electoral
His narrow victory over third-placed Michel Martelly,
a popular entertainer, fuelled suspicions of vote-rigging in
the Caribbean nation, which has a troubled history of
dictatorships and political upheaval.
Demonstrations erupted in several cities after the
results were announced late yesterday, as thousands of
protesters took to the streets to vent anger at what they
viewed as a conspiracy to keep the ruling party in power.