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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Aristide Bloc Leads

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti () -- A coalition endorsed by President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has taken a commanding lead in the first round of legislative elections in Haiti, according to partial results released early Wednesday.

The Lavalas Platform's domination was hardly a surprise: It claimed victory four days after the election, which took place on June 25, and was the only political organization that did not condemn the vote as chaotic and possibly fraud-tainted.

It presented no clear-cut program, but its allegiance to the still-popular Aristide successfully wooed an electorate disillusioned with partisan politics.

Publication of the hand-tallied results had been postponed from a scheduled Saturday release. The runoff has been pushed back from July 23 to August; the exact date is still up in the air.