Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe resigned following anti-government protests

Dec 15, 2014 18:48 IST

Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe on 13 December 2014 resigned following anti-government protests over delayed elections and calls for elections. The President Michel Martelly accepted the resignation of Laurent Lamothe.

Lamothe was appointed as Prime Minister by the President Michel Martelly in 2012 and there is now speculation that Lamothe might seek the presidency in forthcoming elections.

The violent anti-government protests in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, were denounced by the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti and it said that it is investigating the report of excessive use of force.

Background
President Martelly has repeatedly delayed the elections of Haiti since 2011 that resulted into opposition senators accusing him for returning Haiti to dictatorial rule. Consequent to this, the protestors took on to the streets and have demanded that both Prime Minister Lamothe & President Michel Martelly should step down.

Haiti has been mired in extreme poverty and instability for years. It is still grappling with the aftermath of a catastrophic 2010 earthquake that killed more than 230000.

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