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Weekly Report - 19 July 2018 (WR-18-28)

HAITI: Fresh crisis as PM quits over fuel price rises

The decision by the Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (PHTK) government led by President Jovenel Moïse to increase fuel prices has sparked the biggest crisis since he took office in February 2017. Following outrage over the decision, which was in line with a deal struck earlier in the year with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which has since been reversed, Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant tendered his resignation, ahead of a no confidence vote, taking his 18-member cabinet with him. This leaves Moïse in the all-too-familiar position faced by his predecessors, of finding a replacement acceptable to the bicameral legislature (in which the PHTK has the biggest representation but not a majority) which must ratify the new PM and his government plan.

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