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Haiti’s new ‘consensus’ government fails to satisfy opposition | Reuters


Haitian President Michel Martelly has named a new cabinet as he tries to end a wave of street protests against his rule of the impoverished Caribbean country, but opposition leaders said he broke his promise to create a consensus government.

Martelly announced his cabinet choices via Facebook late on Sunday night, keeping the ministers of defence, foreign affairs, health, tourism, education and public works in their jobs and appointing allies to the key positions of planning minister and secretary of state for public security.

Martelly, who is also a popular singer known as “Sweet Micky,” has been in power since 2011. But he has failed to end Haiti’s long-running political turmoil and protesters have called for him to step down.

Haiti’s parliament was dissolved last week after last-minute negotiations to extend the terms of its members collapsed. via | Reuters

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