International community congratulates new President-elect in Haiti

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Ballots being counted after the closing of Haiti's national elections for the first round of Presidential and second and third round for senators, in Port au Prince, Haiti, November 20, 2016. Photo: UN/MINUSTAH/Logan Abassi

All sides in Haiti are being urged to respect the final results of the country's long-running electoral cycle.

The appeal has been made by the UN and its international partners in the Caribbean country, known as the "Core Group."

Haiti's electoral process began more than a year ago and was repeatedly postponed due to challenges such as violence, fraud allegations and a hurricane.

It concluded on Tuesday with the Provisional Electoral Council's publication of the final results of the November 2016 Presidential and partial Senate elections.

Dianne Penn reports.

Haiti has been without a sitting President since the departure of Michel Martelly in February 2016.

President-elect Jovenel Moïse, a businessman, will be inaugurated early next month.

The Core Group released a statement congratulating Mr Moïse and welcoming the leadership which the Provisional Electoral Council had provided during the electoral process.

Sandra Honoré heads the UN mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH.

"With the election of Mr Jovenel Moïse now having been confirmed as President-elect of the Republic by the Electoral Council, Haiti now has an opportunity to return to Constitutional order, to have a democratically-elected Head of State, to have a Parliament that will continue to function in the normal way that Parliament should function in a budding democracy."

Ms Honoré is part of the "Core Group" whose other members include the Ambassadors of Brazil, Canada, France, Spain, the United States and the European Union, and the Special Representative of the Organization of American States.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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