Election Campaigning Grips Haiti
There are 35 presidential candidates and 44 parties running in Haiti's first elections since former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's ouster last year.
Among the contenders for the country's top post are a former president, a rebel leader and a former prime minister.
The campaigning season has gotten under way, with posters, political rallies and candidate jingles flooding the streets and the airwaves.
In a country where more than 50 percent of the people are illiterate, election jingles are one of the most powerful campaign tools.
Each party has a symbol and a ballot number, and they figure prominently in the songs.
Former President Aristide still looms large in Haiti and candidates seem to be either running against him or as a stand-in for him. Aristide -- a democratically elected leader -- was forced out of office in February 2004.
Since then, an interim government backed by United Nations peacekeeping forces has been in charge of the country.
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