Following anti-government protests, and a commission request to step down from his position, Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced his resignation.
According to LA Times, Lamothe said: ‘…I am leaving the post of prime minister…with a feeling of accomplishment.” Lamothe also added that he was stepping down with the hope that the move would “unblock the political crisis.”
With Lamothe’s resignation, Martelly must now appoint a new government that can oversee legislative elections, which has been delayed for more than three years. LA Times reports that Martelly must call an election by January 12th, when some legislator’s terms end, or else Parliament will be forced to shut down. This consequence will give martelly a ‘rule by decree’, a policy which would see Haiti returning to the days of Dictatorship, which the country had been undergoing for most of its history.
Although Haiti has seen some amount of growth, citizens believe there is still way too much corruption, and took to angry demonstrations in favor of Lamothe stepping down.
In his closing speech, Prime Minister Lamothe said he was ‘…proud of his administration and that Haiti was put on a positive course.’
The United States have tried to intervene and assist in Haiti’s crisis. Former US President Bill Clinton said,’ “The one thing that Haiti doesn’t want to get out of this process is looking like ‘OK, we had four great years, we were growing like crazy so you think we’ll throw it all away and go back to the old ways,’” he told the paper. “It won’t be good for the country.”
According to LA Times, Haitians are not happy with the US ‘support’ for the ‘decaying’ Haitian government.