PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Attackers shot and hacked to death a local
political candidate in Haiti, then slashed his daughter with a machete, his party's
spokesman said Thursday.
The slaying of rural assembly candidate Merilus Deus on Monday night was
the latest of at least 10 killings amid tension over long-delayed elections in the
Caribbean country. Deus was a candidate in Savanette, a town of about 6,000
people some 55 kilometers (35 miles) northeast of Port-au-Prince. Unidentified
assailants killed him in his home, said Ernst Colon, spokesman for the Christian
Movement for a New Haiti.
Deus' daughter, Michou, was hospitalized in critical condition.
"On the eve of elections, we wonder whether they can be held under the
government," Colon said.
After weeks of street violence, the provisional electoral council said
Haiti's legislative and local elections will be held May 21. The elections have been
postponed three times since November, and opposition politicians have accused
President Rene Preval of trying to derail the voting.
"Elections aren't in the forefront of our minds now. We're worried about
future of the country," said Sauveur Pierre-Etienne, spokesman for the
Struggling People's Organization. The organization had a majority in Parliament
when Preval shut it down in January 1999 and called for new elections.
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