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Haiti court rules US citizen can run for president

[JURIST] Haiti's Supreme Court has ruled that a Haitian-born US citizen can run in the upcoming presidential elections [JURIST report]. The country's provisional Electoral Council had decided that US businessman Dumarsais Simeus could not run in the election, but the high court ruled Tuesday that Simeus could run because the Electoral Council could not show that Simeus had given up his Haitian citizenship. Simeus called the decision "a victory for the Haitian people" and said his candidacy would allow Haitians abroad to take a new role in Haiti's politics. The election, currently scheduled for Nov. 20, will be the first since Jean-Bertrand Aristide was removed from power [JURIST report] in February 2004. AP has more.

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