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Haiti prime minister steps down amid violent protests

The streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Image by Stefan Krasowski / CC BY 2.0

After weeks of escalating anti-government protests, Haiti prime minister Laurent Lamothe has resigned because of long-running criticism over the government’s failure to organise parliamentary elections. Lamothe steps down following a commission that was set up to break a stalemate between the government and opposition politicians who have been arguing over electoral law. In the past few weeks, thousands of people have taken to the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince to demonstrate against the government. On Saturday, UN peacekeepers fought protesters with tear gas as the crowds resorted to violence.

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