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In pictures: Preval's victory

Rene Preval supporters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Supporters of Rene Preval celebrated in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after he was confirmed the winner of the country's presidential election.

Preval supporters celebrate outside the presidential palace, Port-au-Prince

The decision came after several days of street protests following allegations of fraud.

Rene Preval supporters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Electoral and monitoring authorities finally agreed to change the way 80,000 blank votes were allocated, taking Mr Preval over the 50% threshold.

Rene Preval supporters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Before the decision, Mr Preval - who would otherwise have faced a second round of voting - had urged his supporters to continue protesting over the alleged poll fraud.

Rene Preval supporters celebrate in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

The new president-elect made no public appearance as his supporters danced in the street outside the presidential palace.

Rene Preval supporters in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

UN peacekeepers stepped up security to prevent any rioting following the announcement.

Leslie Manigat

Mr Preval's closest rival, Leslie Manigat, here seen voting on 7 February, said he had been robbed of a second round and called the result "a reward for violence".

Empty ballot boxes found in Haiti

Mr Preval had earlier said charred ballot papers found at a dump near Port-au-Prince backed his claims of fraud.




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