France: UN Should Stay Through Hatian Presidential Polls

Sept. 19, 2009, midnight

French Foreign Minister Bernard KOUCHNER last weekend urged the United Nations to maintain peacekeeping forces in Haiti through that country's 2011 Presidential elections. Many analysts expect a tense election environment with incumbent President Rene PREVAL stating he will not run. Violence derailed Senate elections in two districts last spring, and authorities since have not rescheduled a postponed runoff in one of them. PREVAL in 2006 became Haiti's first democratically elected President following a 2004 coup that ousted former President Jean-Bertrand ARISTIDE. Peacekeepers have been in the country since ARISTIDE'S ouster.

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