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Two more cut from presidential candidate list

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2015 | 6:00 AM

Haiti's electoral council has eliminated two more people from the list of presidential candidates, but voters will still have lots of choices: 56 people tentatively remain on the ballot.

The council issued a statement late last Friday saying that Levelt Francois was ruled out because of a drug conviction in the United States, while Jacky Lumarque was rejected because he had not received a discharge certificate from parliament certifying he had handled government funds appropriately when he ran a state education committee.

Neither Levelt nor Lumarque could be immediately reached for comment.

Another prominent candidate, former Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, was earlier barred from running for lack of a discharge certificate covering his time in office from 2012 until late 2014.

The first round of presidential elections takes place October 25. A final round scheduled for December 27.

-AP