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Renewed anti-government protests hit Haiti

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 00:52

Hundreds of Haitians dance and chant in the streets of Port-au-Prince in protest of President Michel Martelly's government. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Some 1,000 anti-government protesters marched in the Haitian capital on Tuesday (January 20), just one day after President Michel Martelly swore in a new cabinet to try to end a wave of street protests against his rule of the impoverished Caribbean country. There were no incidents of violence reported in Tuesday's protest but there was a heavy police presence on the streets of Port-au-Prince. 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. With protests against him swelling, Martelly promised on Friday to use his executive powers to build a broad-based government, but opponents quickly criticized his cabinet choices. Martelly has urged anti-government demonstrators to keep street protests peaceful as he tries to steer the country toward new elections. He also pledged he would not try to change the constitution to seek a second term.

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Renewed anti-government protests hit Haiti

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 00:52