Haiti’s outgoing president brushed aside street protests, boycott threats and fraud claims yesterday to push ahead with plans to elect his successor this weekend.
Michel Martelly, who is constitutionally barred from seeking re-election himself, dismissed opposition demands that he postpone Sunday’s presidential run-off.
In October’s first round Martelly’s chosen successor Jovenel Moise was credited with 32.76 percent of the vote over opposition candidate Jude Celestin’s 25.29.
On Monday and Tuesday, thousands of opposition protesters descended onto the streets of Port-au-Prince, blocking several downtown streets and fought running battles with police.
Another protest is planned for today.