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Haiti sets new date for elections

[JURIST] Haiti's interim election council has called for national elections on Nov. 13 to fill the gap created last year by the ouster of elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide [BBC profile]. Local elections are scheduled for Oct. 9. Aristide supporters have threatened an election boycott if so-called political attacks [BBC story] continue. The UN plans to to send a team to assess the situation leading to the election. The presidential and parliamentary elections will be followed by a second round on Dec. 18, with the new president and chamber due to take office in January and February of 2006. UN elections officials predict that there may be as many as 100 presidential candidates running for office in Haiti. BBC News has more.

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