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Wed Oct 24, 2012, 01:01 AM

Haiti leader under fire for rising prices, corruption

Haiti leader under fire for rising prices, corruption
by Staff Writers
Port-Au-Prince (AFP) Oct 22, 2012

Less than 18 months after taking office on a wave of populist support, Haitian President Michel Martelly is now facing protests in a country still trying to rebound from the massive 2010 earthquake.

For three weeks, protesters have marched regularly in Haiti's biggest towns, furious over what they see as the government's inaction in the face of the rising cost of living in what is already one of the world's poorest nations.

The demonstrators also denounce politicians for lavish spending on luxury cars and official travel which they say brings no practical gain to the Caribbean country.

The grassroots movement was quickly joined by political groups hostile to Martelly's administration, which they accuse of trying to "install a dynastic and dictatorial regime."


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