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Haiti council: Gov't-backed candidate and ex-state construction chief in presidential runoff

  • FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2015 file photo, Presidential candidate Jovenel Moise, from the PHTK political party, gives a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Electoral authorities say on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, Moise and former state construction chief Jude Celestin will advance to a Dec. 27 runoff election for president. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2015 file photo, Presidential candidate Jovenel Moise, from the PHTK political party, gives a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Electoral authorities say on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, Moise and former state construction chief Jude Celestin will advance to a Dec. 27 runoff election for president. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - in this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, Presidential candidate Jude Celestin from the LAPEH political party, waves to supporters during a rally in Petion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  Electoral authorities say on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, Celestin and government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise will advance to a Dec. 27 runoff election for president. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File)

    FILE - in this Oct. 22, 2015 file photo, Presidential candidate Jude Celestin from the LAPEH political party, waves to supporters during a rally in Petion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Electoral authorities say on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, Celestin and government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise will advance to a Dec. 27 runoff election for president. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Presidential candidate Jovenel Moise from the PHTK political party waves to supporters as he arrives to a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Moise and former state construction chief Jude Celestin will advance to a runoff election for Haiti's presidency, election authorities announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Presidential candidate Jovenel Moise from the PHTK political party waves to supporters as he arrives to a press conference in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Moise and former state construction chief Jude Celestin will advance to a runoff election for Haiti's presidency, election authorities announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

Haiti's electoral authorities say government-backed candidate Jovenel Moise and former state construction chief Jude Celestin will advance to a runoff election for president.

The much-anticipated preliminary results from the 54-candidate first round presidential contest Oct. 25 were issued Thursday by the Provisional Electoral Council. Since no candidate won a majority in that ballot, the two top finishers meet in a Dec. 27 runoff.

Several major candidates have alleged fraud and voiced concern that the results do not accurately reflect national will.

Candidate Moise Jean-Charles placed third in the official results. But he has asserted in recent days that he won half of Haiti's 10 departments.

An appeals period will follow the Thursday announcement. Certified results are expected in late November.