Saturday, December 13, 2014

Suspense in Haiti as prime minister delays possible resignation speech

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe kept Haiti in suspense early Sunday as he delayed a speech on a possible resignation in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission's call for him to step down. Lamothe announced via Twitter on Saturday he would deliver a speech later in the day, but midnight passed without a statement. Damian Merlo, an adviser for Lamothe, tweeted shortly before midnight that the prime minister was rehearsing his speech. "It's an important one and needs to be precise — please hang tight," he wrote. President Michel Martelly said earlier he accepted the findings of the commission that had recommended Lamothe's replacement, though he did not explicitly say the prime minister would resign.

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