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Rage on the streets in Haiti

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 01:15

Demonstrators in Haiti denounce a last minute deal allowing parliament to choose an interim president after botched elections leaves Haiti with no president. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Crowds fill the streets in Haiti -- a now leaderless country facing a grim and uncertain future. Former President Michel Martelly left office Sunday -- with no elected successor after a botched election saw a second round of voting canceled amid protests. Under an 11th-hour agreement, it was decided that Prime Minister Evans Paul would stay in office until parliament chooses an interim president. But demonstrators say the agreement left them out, and they want to be heard. Former member of parliament, Arnel Belizaire, took his message to the streets. SOUNDBITE) (Creole) FORMER DEPUTY, ARNEL BELIZAIRE, SAYING: "This is the message. Certain people say I am committed to burning down the parliament. I can't burn down my house. But if it is necessary to shut it down so that the demands of the people are respected, yes, it's a possibility." The agreement calls on parliament to select a president within a few days. Elections are now expected April 24th, and an elected president is expected to be in place by May. But opposition groups are not going gently -- calling for more demonstrations and for their voices to be heard.

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Rage on the streets in Haiti

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 01:15