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Haiti president to seek PM resignation

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 01:12

Haiti's president is to seek the resignation of the prime minister hoping to settle a long-running political dispute that's blocked elections. Paul Chapman reports.

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Tensions over Haiti's political crisis are on the rise. These were the scenes in Port au Prince on Friday. U.N personnel opened fire as protesters pushed past barricades near the presidential palace. They're angry at a long-festering dispute over postponed elections and time is running out. If elections aren't held by January 12th parliament will have to shut down because there won't be enough members. President Michel Martelly on Friday said he would take the advice of a commission he set up to find a solution and seek the prime minister's resignation. The move appears to mark the end of the close alliance between Martelly and Laurent Lamothe who are friends and business partners. The dispute between the government and a group of opposition senators is over the details of proposed election law. The row has held up municipal polls for three years and a vote on a third of the senate's seats since 2012. Martelly's opponents have accused him of plotting to rule by decree and manipulate next year's presidential elections. The government says the opposition is trying to sabotage democratic rule.

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Haiti president to seek PM resignation

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 01:12