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Haitian police and UN peacekeepers have clashed with
protesters as several thousand opposition supporters tried
to march on the presidential palace, demanding new
leadership.
The Associated Press reported that UN troops fired in the
air as police used tear gas to disperse protesters. The
demonstrations started off peacefully but shots were fired
after protesters burned tires and threw rocks at police.
Friday’s march in the capital, Port-au-Prince, was only the
latest in a series of demonstrations by
opposition supporters demanding the resignation of
President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent
Lamothe.
It came just days after a government-appointed
commission recommended that the country’s prime
minister resign.
As the protests were still going on, the president said on
Friday evening that Lamothe was ready to step down to
help end the country’s political impasse.
“The prime minister is ready to resign,” Martelly said in a
national address.
“I acknowledge this decision he is making to help find a
solution to the crisis. I commend him for his courage and
determination to help Haiti.”

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