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Haiti’s prime minister Laurent Lamothe resigns amid protests

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By Amelie Baron, globeandmail.com, December 14, 2014

Haiti’s prime minister, Laurent Lamothe, succumbed to domestic and international pressure on Sunday and announced he would resign in a televised address in the middle of night.

“I am leaving the post of prime minister this evening with a feeling of accomplishment,” he said.

The announcement came a day after president Michel Martelly accepted the recommendations of a special commission that called for Mr. Lamothe’s resignation as part of an effort to resolve a long-running political dispute over long overdue legislative and municipal elections.

As PM’s removal is proposed: Martelly’s government totters on eve of Kerry visit

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By Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, December 10 2014 

Haiti's political crisis deepened on Tue., Dec. 9 as an 11-member presidential "advisory commission" proposed that Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe step down, a recommendation which will swell the ranks of thousands of demonstrators nationwide calling for President Michel Martelly's resignation. The capital's next major demonstration, planned for Dec. 12 when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Haiti, is expected to be massive.

U.S home reconstruction in Haiti: Another disaster

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By Brianna Ehley, The Fiscal Times, December 9, 2014 

Nearly five years after a disastrous 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti, killing more than 220,000 people and leaving millions without homes, the tiny island nation is still struggling to pick up the pieces—despite a multi-billion dollar international repair effort. 

Call for Haiti PM Laurent Lamothe to resign gets mixed reaction

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By Jacqueline Charles, Miamiherald.ca, December 9, 2014

Haitian lawmakers Tuesday rebuffed recommendations in a far-reaching report that called for the resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and other key government officials to stave off a worsening political crisis.

The 10-page report, penned by an 11-member presidential commission, sets a timetable for Lamothe’s resignation. It also recommends replacing the head of the country’s Supreme Court and members of the body charged with organizing long-delayed elections. Dozens who have been arbitrarily arrested and deemed by human rights groups to be political prisoners should be released, the report said.

As Martelly prepares to jettison Lamothe: Nationwide uprising gains strength in Haiti

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by Kim Ives, Haiti Liberté, December 3, 2014

A nationwide uprising against the regime of business partners President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe continued to gain steam this week with massive demonstrations in several major cities, including Port-au-Prince, Léogane, Petit Goâve, Cap-Haïtien, Fort-Liberté, Ouanaminthe, and Aux Cayes.

Canada ends moratorium on deportations to Haiti, Zimbabwe

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By Nicholas Keung, thestar.com, December 4, 2014

Canada will soon resume the deportations of roughly 3,500 people to Haiti and Zimbabwe, countries critics say are still struggling with the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters.

Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the temporary suspension of deportations to both countries has been lifted and migrants from Haiti and Zimbabwe can face removal after six months if they remain without legal status.

Human Rights in Haiti: An analysis by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

By Clément Doleac, eurasiareview.com, December 1, 2014

In the past five decades, Haitian people have suffered systematic human rights violations that were rarely condemned, thus preventing any state from having real democratic institutions and impeding any democratic political regime to exist.