Haiti’s president to leave office after collapsed election

Haiti's President Michel Martelly decides to withdraw from presidency after collapsed election

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Haitian President Michel Martelly.

Haiti’s President Michael Martelly has decided to withdraw from presidency, the prime minister said on Monday.

Although a new president was supposed to be elected last Sunday, the two-man race was delayed indefinitely after opposition candidate Jude Celestin withdrew following fraud allegations which caused protests and violence.

"It is clear that we won't have elections before the departure of President Michel Martelly scheduled for Feb. 7," Prime Minister Evans Paul said.

The opposition and government leaders began to discuss the formation of an interim administration which will govern the country until a new president elected, another option is for the prime minister to take the country’s authority.

"There are people who are for, and people who are against, but he is determined to leave," said Paul, a former opposition member who was chosen as prime minister in Martelly's government in 2014.

The march began peacefully but some protesters later threw rocks and set tyres ablaze

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, has been suffering from political and economical instability since ruler Jean Claude Duvalier was overthrown by a popular uprising in 1986.

Huge protests stormed the country over the weekend, particularly in northern Haiti to demand fresh elections to be held and new interim government to govern the country until new election.

On October 25, in the first round of election, Jovenel Moise who is backed by President Michel Martelly, received 32.8 percent of the vote while opposition figure Jude Celestin got 25.3 percent.

TRTWorld and agencies