Haiti opposition candidate realesed

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Haitian authorities released an opposition candidate and four associates Saturday, nearly three weeks after they were arrested following regional elections, an opposition leader said.
Authorities dropped charges of incitement to violence against candidate Jean Limongy and the four others, said Evans Paul of Limongy’s Space for Concord five-party coalition.
Limongy, a candidate for a lower house seat, and the others were arrested May 23, two days after local and legislative elections. More than 2 million Haitian voters, about 60 percent of the electorate, cast their ballots in the violence-free elections.
The Lavalas Family party of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide gained control of the upper house and was leading in most lower-house races as vote counting continued this week.
Since the vote, police have arrested at least 37 opposition candidates and activists. Sixteen have been released.
Space for Concord militant Laurore Noel, who was arrested with Limongy, remained in prison in Petit-Goave jail, about 35 miles southwest of the capital, Paul said.
On Wednesday, three candidates projected as the winners for seats on the Port-au-Prince city council under Aristide’s Lavalas Family banner were arrested on charges of having false police identification cards.
Elections for legislative seats in Haiti’s troubled Grand’-Anse district, where the vote was delayed due to technical difficulties, are set for Sunday, officials said.
Haiti has been without a Parliament since President Rene Preval dismissed legislators in 1999 to resolve a power struggle.
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