Electoral violence has erupted in Haiti as opposition supporters demand the suspension of the January 24 presidential election.
Tension is high after opposition candidate Jude Celestin pulled out of the second round amid alleged irregularities:
journal_509) <a href="https://twitter.com/journal_509/status/686155337053765632">January 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> "This is not an election, it's a selection, and in this selection I will not validate, the fraud in the elections, it is not our responsibility, but that of the state. Our democracy is young, yet there is still only one democracy. Democracy is the voice of the people." <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pre-election violence strikes several areas of Haiti <a href="https://t.co/3DwPXmrO1D">https://t.co/3DwPXmrO1D</a> <a href="https://t.co/7j9cx9Q0Mj">pic.twitter.com/7j9cx9Q0Mj</a></p>— ChiTribTravel (ChiTribTravel) December 27, 2015
Protests targeting election offices occured not only in the capital Port-au-Prince, but also in the more provincial north.
Yok pou pè!! Wè Pa We Jovenel Moise Neg🍌🍌 Nap Vote Pou Prezidan!!— BazJovenelMoise (@BazJovenelMoise) January 5, 2016
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The first round was won by ruling party candidate Jovenal Moise and the UN has urged the vote to go ahead on schedule to have a new leader installed by February 7.
The poverty in Haiti is overwhelming
soles4souls</a> <a href="https://t.co/tjTkykJN1t">pic.twitter.com/tjTkykJN1t</a></p>— Randy Dunn (randydunn) December 11, 2015
Haiti is racked by poverty it is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest countries in the developing world.