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Haitians take to the streets in bid to bring down government

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 00:54

Haitians take to the streets in an anti-government protest just days after parliament was dissolved. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Haitians took to the streets on Friday in an anti-government protest as tensions rise in the Caribbean nation in the wake of the dissolution of the national parliament. The Haitian parliament was dissolved on Tuesday after the failure of last-ditch negotiations for a deal to extend the terms of its members to avert a political crisis. Haiti has not held legislative or municipal elections for three years, and the lack of a working parliament effectively leaves President Michel Martelly to rule by decree. Martelly, whose term in office runs out next year, last month tried to calm opposition critics by appointing former Port-au-Prince Mayor Evans Paul as the new prime minister, but the parliament shunned his pick and refused to ratify him. For weeks, opponents to Martelly have mounted street protests in the capital accusing the president and his family of corruption. The demonstrations took a more aggressive turn in recent days, with some protesters calling for a civil war. On Monday, Haiti marked the fifth anniversary of a devastating earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people in the capital. Many Haitians are still homeless. Haiti is scheduled to hold presidential elections at the end of the year.

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Haitians take to the streets in bid to bring down government

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 00:54