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New PM takes office in Haiti

A new prime minister of Haiti has taken office after weeks of unrest from protesters demanding long-overdue elections. President Michel Martelly

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A new prime minister of Haiti has taken office after weeks of unrest from protesters demanding long-overdue elections.

Point of view

Today, Martelly is the president, Martelly is prime minister, Martelly is a director general, Martelly is a senator, Martelly is a deputy, Martelly is a local official. In a democratic state, no one would tolerate this.

President Michel Martelly, who is ruling by decree after dissolving parliament, nominated Evans Paul for the PM position.

But Martelly’s opponents accuse him of abuse of power.

“Today, Martelly is the president, Martelly is prime minister, Martelly is a director general, Martelly is a senator, Martelly is a deputy, Martelly is a local official,” said opposition leader Andre Fado. “In a democratic state, no one would tolerate this.”

Paul expects a new electoral council will be appointed within weeks and elections to be held this year.

Meanwhile Haiti is marking five years since a devastating earthquake killed tens of thousands of people in the capital.

Many Haitians are still homeless and little rebuilding has taken place since then by the government which demonstrators accuse of corruption.