AMERICA/HAITI - Three years of Martelly’s presidency, among acclaim and requests for resignation

Friday, 16 May 2014

Port au Prince (Agenzia Fides) - Haitian President Michel Martelly celebrated his third year of the presidential office on May 14 by listing a series of successes in front of hundreds of supporters, while the opposition demonstrated through the streets of the capital demanding his resignation. Martelly spoke in the park adjacent to the destroyed National Palace, in Port -au-Prince, praising his "three years of undeniable progress" for the people of Haiti.
Surrounded by his main collaborators, led by the Prime Minister, Laurent Lamothe, the President stressed the boost given to the talks that led to the political agreements signed last March between his government and opposition groups, with the mediation of the Catholic Church, in the person of Cardinal Langlois (see Fides 06/03/2014 ).
"I am a President who condemns violence", said Martelly in front of groups shouting slogans in his favor. A few moments before, several hundred protesters had taken the streets of Port-au-Prince to demand Martelly’s resignation, accusing him of being "corrupt". There were clashes with the police who prevented them from approaching the place where the President was speaking. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 16/05/2014)