Calm in Haiti gets praise from U.N. and Insulza

The United Nations peacekeeping operation in Haiti has welcomed the release of the country’s preliminary results from Haiti’s recent presidential and legislative elections, while urging calm as citizens await final results.

The U.N. mission made the comment Tuesday, one day after the early results from the runoff vote showed that singer Michel Martelly defeated former first lady Mirlande Manigat for the presidency. The vote took place March 20.

The mission said it salutes the fact that Haitian political actors welcomed the announcement with maturity, demonstrating their wish to respect the voice of the people and the democratic process.

Earlier Tuesday, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, José Miguel Insulza, congratulated the people of Haiti for exercising their civic responsibility in a calm atmosphere, and he saluted their patience as the results were tabulated.

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