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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 10

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997 11A Election fight could halt Haiti's search for prime minister Prime-minister candidate Herve Denis must be approved by both houses of parliament. tion process. Runoff voting from that election has been postponed indefinitely while rival political parties squabble over allegations of fraud in the balloting. On Thursday, members of the Lavalas Political Organization (OPL) said they would not ratify Denis unless the election crisis was addressed. "We would ratify him if the election crisis was resolved, but if there are no negotiations, he will not pass," said OPL deputy Adzar Dasarmeas. "Anyone who thinks those elections were legitimate have popped eyes, a plugged nose and tissue in their ears," said Joseph Jasmine, a deputy from the Anti Neoliberal block in parliament Haiti has been in upheaval since June, when Rosny Smarth resigned as prime minister. After waiting four months for a replacement, he abandoned his office in October, expressing frustration with the long delay in naming a successor. Parliament had rejected Eric Pierre, President Rene Preval's first nominee to replace Smarth, in August Denis, a former economist and theater director, said he would concentrate on bringing together warring politicians in the impoverished Caribbean country if he were approved. The government crisis conV tinued as U.N. peacekeepers left Haiti this week after a three-year mission. The first group of Canadian soldiers left Thursday. Rtuter PORT-AU-PRINCE - Haiti's simmering election crisis threatened to derail its president's effort to seat a new prime minister Thursday, even as the lower house of parliament granted preliminary approval to the latest nominee for the post. After hours of questioning, the Chamber of Deputies voted to approve Herve Denis, 58, a former minister of information and culture, as nominee for prime minister. After the deputies' approval, Denis must appear before both houses of Parliament to present his government's program. If that is approved, he would be ratified as prime minister. But a long dispute over results of a Senate election in April threatened to derail the nomina THE PALM BEACH POST en 4 4' Mimi l f Mi tievj Pricing Plans, .4 .4 : You pay only -n Lr w fit's Your ,.( 4 .est Monthly What are You waiting For? ' Or choose from other plans Ssrvlce in ! ScLth Ffcrlda" 1 ( Canadian postal workers grudgingly go back to work The head of the postal workers union hinted that some government and corporate mail might be misdirected. The Associated Press OTTAWA Threatened with heavy fines, Canadian postal workers grudgingly ended a two-week strike Thursday. Still, they vowed to show defiance by misdirecting corporate mail and handling regular letters even if unstamped. 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Officials from Canada Post, the national postal service, said any employees attempting such tactics would be punished. They contended mat Tingley's hard-line attitude was shared by only a small fraction of union members. The back-to-work bill imposes a 5.15 percent wage hike over three years, less than what was on the bargaining table before mediated talks failed last week. American worker to be charged as spy by Russia The Associated Press MOSCOW Russia has decided to file formal espionage charges against an American engineer accused of making land surveys of sensitive sites. The charges are to be filed today against Richard L. Bliss, 29, a field technician working for the telecommunications firm Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego, the Federal Security Service said Thursday. Bliss has been in custody since he was detained Nov. 25 in the southern Rostov-on-Don region. Under Russian law, he must be charged within 10 days or released. 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