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Aristide's party shut out of vote

February 07, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Haiti's electoral council has barred members of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's popular political party from running in upcoming Senate elections, prompting statements of concern from the United States and Canada.

All of the Fanmi Lavalas Party's candidates were rejected for the April 19 elections, in most cases because their documents lacked Aristide's signature, council president Frantz G. Verret said. Aristide has been in exile in South Africa since 2004.

The U.S. Embassy called on all involved to "keep the doors open to dialogue and debate."

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