THREE INJURED IN HAITIAN ANTI- GOVERNMENT PROTEST

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  • Result of President not holding elections

At least three people were injured during a violent anti-government protest in parts of port au prince, police sources confirmed. They said the march started off peacefully but as the protest grew, supporters of both the Government and Opposition clashed. Ranks of the Haitian National Police resorted to the use of tear gas to quell the situation.

The protests are as a result of the opposition and other stakeholders demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly as well as the holding of the long-delayed legislative and municipal elections. The president was supposed to call elections in 2011 for a majority of Senate seats, the entire Chamber of Deputies and local offices. But he hasn’t done so because the Senate has yet to approve an electoral law authorizing the vote.

President Martelly, who has blamed the standoff on the six senators, said his administration wants to hold the elections but can’t because of the action of the opposition legislators.

 

Extracted and modified from Caribbean 360

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