Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe Resigns


Haiti’s Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has resigned, after violent anti-government protests over delayed elections. According to the Miami Herald, Lamothe announced his resignation in a speech in which he thanked President Michel Martelly and the Haitian people and gave an account of his accomplishments, including increasing the percentage of children enrolled in school, augmenting tourism and foreign investments, and cutting insecurity and extreme poverty. See links below for full articles:

“I am leaving the post of prime minister this evening with a feeling of accomplishment,” Laurent Lamothe said in a televised address.

Protesters had called for President Michel Martelly and Mr Lamothe to resign. Mr Martelly was to have called polls in 2011, but they were postponed in a stalemate over electoral law. Opposition politicians accuse President Martelly of wanting to rule by decree and that legislation that would authorise the vote unfairly favours the government.

The government argues that opposition politicians are dragging their feet in the hope of extending their time in office without elections. Parliament’s mandate expires in January, and unless elections are held, Mr Martelly would rule by decree.

A commission set up to break the stalemate said on Friday that Mr Lamothe should resign, along with the head of the Supreme Court and the country’s election commission.

For more information and video report, see http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30468424

For extensive article by Jacqueline Charles (and photo above), see http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article4477734.html

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