President [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sweet Micky[/lastfm] is at Haiti’s service after a landside victory over his opponent and former first lady Mirlande Manigat. After all the votes were counted and the results announced the other day…the new Haitian President is Haitian pop star Michel ‘Sweet Micky’ Martelly!
The Presidential win story comes from MSNBC.com:
PORT-AU-PRINCE — The presidential campaign of musician Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly at first seemed like an afterthought, overshadowed by the short-lived run of the better-known star [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wyclef Jean [/lastfm]and dismissed as little more than a sideshow to an election that featured major Haitian political figures.
But Martelly, who has never held political office, turned out to be a serious, skilled and successful candidate.
He captured nearly 68 percent of the vote, defeating opposition leader and former first lady Mirlande Manigat, according to preliminary election results released Monday night.
When initial results of the flawed first round in November put him out of the race, Martelly mobilized supporters to protest as if he were a veteran of Haiti’s rough politics, and a new count got him a spot in the March 20 runoff.
He ran a disciplined campaign, deftly depicting himself as an outsider and neophyte even though he has long been active in politics.
Thousands of supporters danced and cheered in the streets after his victory was announced. They ran through the streets, climbed atop cars, and even fired automatic rifles in the sky.
Carrying posters of his smiling face and bald crown, supporters showed up outside his gated compound in Petionville, a city in the hills above Port-au-Prince.
“Micky is a political animal, and the political establishment failed to realize how much of a phenomenon he is,” said Garry Pierre-Pierre, editor and publisher of The Haitian Times, a New York-based newspaper. “This is a man who literally can get a million people to move to his groove.”
I wonder if the new President will hold a concert in his honor featuring himself as the main act?! I’m sure many others are thinking the same thing too… Let me do a poll to see what you think.
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