BROOKLYN - Brooklyn's Haitian community says it is hopeful things will change for the better in their native country after voters there elected a new president.

Singer Michel "Sweet Mickey" Martelly beat out the former first lady, Mirlande Manigat, to become the nation's next leader. Many of his local supporters say they urged family members in Haiti to vote for him, but others say they're not sure if he can rebuild the country.

Host Ricot Dupey, from Brooklyn's Radio Soleil, says voter turnout was relatively low compared to previous elections, but an overwhelming 67 percent cast their ballots for Martelly.