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US raises doubts over Haiti results

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The US embassy in Haiti has added its voice to the UN’s over fears of fraud in Haiti’s legislative elections.

It says the government and electoral commission needs to explain why a number of candidates, 18 in total, won seats after failing to lead in preliminary counts. In 16 cases, these favoured the Unity party of outgoing President Rene Preval.

Haiti’s President-elect Michel Martelly, whose party only has a handful of seats in the 99-seat parliament, has demanded an investigation. He has said his election represented the people’s will, but that it seems their wishes were not reflected in results for the legislature and senate.

Martelly will struggle to pass laws with parliament dominated by his rivals.