Tension Mounts in Haiti Ahead of Election Results

Police clashed with supporters of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse in Port-au-Prince as the nation awaits elections results.

A supporter of the Fanmi Lavalas party presidential candidate, Marise Narcisse, protest in front of a police barricade in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Nov. 22 2016.

Haiti voted in presidential, parliamentary and local elections on Sunday that were meant to end a year of political and economic uncertainty. A previous vote in October 2015 was annulled due to allegations of widespread fraud. Official results are not expected until next week.

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A police officer drives a police truck with its windshield smashed on  Nov. 21.

Haitians are counting on their next president to lift the country out of political limbo and repair damage from Hurricane Matthew, which devastated the country last month, killing up to 1,000 people and leaving 1.4 million needing aid.

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A supporter of presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse holds a poster with her image on Nov. 21.

Despite electoral law banning demonstrations for candidates, political parties or groups between Election Day and when the results are announced, the Fanmi Lavalas party issued a statement praising the protests.

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Men help a woman affected by tear gas used by police officers on Nov. 22. ANDRES MARTINEZ CASARES / Reuters
Police officers patrol as supporters of candidate Marise Narcisse demonstrate on Nov.22. Alejandro Ernesto / EPA

A protester burns tires on Nov. 22.

The Fanmi Lavalas party, which claims to have won the election, wants protests to continue. Meanwhile, the Bald Heads Party of rival candidate Jovenel Moise has also claimed victory.

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Maryse Narcisse supporters march to claim her victory on Nov.22. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP - Getty Images
A Marise Narcisse supporter chants during demonstrations on Nov. 22. Alejandro Ernesto / EPA
Students walk on a street engulfled in tear gas after supporters clashed with police on Nov. 22. Ricardo Arduengo / AP
Police remove tyres placed on the road by Marise Narcisse supporters on Nov. 22. Alejandro Ernesto / EPA