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Haiti: angry scenes as voters go to the polls

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By Euronews  with Reuters
Haiti: angry scenes as voters go to the polls

<p>There have been angry scenes in Haiti as the country goes to the polls for legislative elections that have been repeatedly delayed since 2011.</p> <p>Police and UN peacekeepers have been posted at key flash points in the capital, Port au Prince.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">First voting centes being closed due to unrest <a href="http://t.co/vQlgAjJ2YS">http://t.co/vQlgAjJ2YS</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Haiti?src=hash">#Haiti</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HaitiElections?src=hash">#HaitiElections</a></p>— Haiti Vote Blog (@HaitiVoteBlog) <a href="https://twitter.com/HaitiVoteBlog/status/630370003804684288">August 9, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>There have been several deaths during campaigning, which got underway in July.</p> <p>Six million people are eligible to vote. They are choosing two-thirds of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.</p> <p>The run-off will be held in October, on the same day as Haiti’s presidential election. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thousands people took the streets in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Haiti?src=hash">#Haiti</a>'s Capital in an Anti-government protest. Pictures courtesy <a href="https://twitter.com/jeanjuniorj"><code>jeanjuniorj</a> <a href="http://t.co/WdQ9iPNKV7">pic.twitter.com/WdQ9iPNKV7</a></p>&mdash; Vladimir Laguerre™ (</code>vladlaguerre) <a href="https://twitter.com/vladlaguerre/status/563121485167226882">February 4, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The national parliament was dissolved in January over its failure to hold an election, leaving Haiti without a functioning government.</p> <p>Observers are watching closely. The election is seen by many as a crucial test of stability for the impoverished nation.</p>