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Haiti officials, media say PM Lapin has resigned

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Haiti officials, media say PM Lapin has resigned
FILE PHOTO - Interim Prime Minister Jean-Michel Lapin speaks, during his installation at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares   -   Copyright  ANDRES MARTINEZ CASARES(Reuters)
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PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian Prime Minister Jean Michel Lapin resigned on Monday, according to a high-ranking government official who asked not to be named, presenting a shakeup at the highest levels of government in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.

President Jovenel Moïse also wrote in a post on Twitter that a new prime minister will be announced shortly, saying he had been in consultations with congressional leaders about the matter.

Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste first reported on Monday that Lapin had offered his resignation to Moïse.

“I have made a choice for Haiti,” Lapin said in an interview with the newspaper.

(Reporting by Andre Paultre; additional reporting by Andres Martinez; writing by Stefanie Eschenbacher and Julia Love; editing by Daina Beth Solomon and G Crosse)

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