Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) has officially declared the businessman, Jovenel Moise, winner of the presidential election held in the country last November 20th, with 55.67% of the votes.
The formal announcement Tuesday evening naming Moise as the next Haitian president, finally happened after weeks of an electoral process that was plagued by accusations of frauds and irregularities. The results had been delayed as numerous political parties challenged them before the electoral courts. But yesterday, after the verification of 12% of the ballots at random, Haiti's Supreme Electoral Court ruled that there was no evidence of "massive fraud" in the election.
Moise who ran on the PHTK platform, the political party founded by former president Michel Martelly, is expected to take office February 7, 2017. He will face the tough job of unifying a country bitterly divided after a brutal election that initially began October 2015, whose first round results that showed Moise had won, was voided due to fraud allegations.
There are no reports of violence or unrest following the publication of the definitive results, however at least two parties -Lavalas & Desalines' Children platform- have already refused to accept them.