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Haitian pop singer officially declared president

Michel Martelly has called on the Haitian people to unite and work together, but local media reports that violence has broken out in several cities.

Haiti's president-elect, Michel Martelly.
Haiti's president-elect, Michel Martelly.
Image: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

A HAITIAN POP SINGER popularly known as ‘Sweet Micky’ or ‘Bald One’ has been confirmed the country’s new president following the second round election run-off.

Michel Martelly, who was being supported by former presidential hopeful Wyclef Jean, was provisionally named the election’s victor two weeks ago.

The interim period was to allow his rival time to contest the result, which she chose not to do. Martelly, 50, took 67.6 per cent of the vote.

Violence has broken out among supporters of rival legislative candidates. The legislative elections were run alongside the presidential election. Haiti Libre reports that violent protests have been reported in several cities and at least one person has died.

Earlier today, Martelly called for unity among Haitians and tweeted: “To work, Haitian people!”

Sakapfet reports that the party of outgoing president Rene Preval has succeeded in winning a majority of seats in the legislature, despite falling back on its previous parliamentary majority.

- Additional reporting by the AP

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