• Haiti: 54 candidates begin presidential campaigns

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE: Presidential campaigning began in Haiti Wednesday, where 54 candidates are vying for the top office amid heightened criticism of the country’s electoral commission. The record number of candidates, all of whom hope to replace President Michel Martelly as leader of the Americas’ poorest nation, will square off in Haiti’s October 25 first-round vote. The election season began with a few hundred protesters rallying against Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) in the capital of Port-au-Prince. The Council has been bitterly criticized since deciding to repeat legislative elections across nearly a quarter of the country after an August 9 vote was plagued with violence and fraud.

    AFP

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