Haiti PM resignation threatens reconstruction

Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille abruptly resigned his post Friday, giving the country a new political crisis that is likely to distract the government and further delay efforts to rebuild from the devastating January 2010 earthquake.

The prime minister’s resignation had been rumored for weeks, but it still sent shockwaves through a country accustomed to political turmoil. President Michel Martelly addressed the nation in a televised speech, thanking Conille for his service but giving no word on whether he had chosen a successor.

“Of course, I regret that the resignation occurs in a context in which the country is beginning to take off,’’ said Martelly, whose first two picks for prime minister failed to win approval in parliament last year, largely paralyzing the government for the first five months of his term.

Conille’s departure means Haiti will not have anyone to run the day-to-day operations of the government in the troubled country, a situation that will likely last at least for weeks before Martelly and the opposition-dominated Parliament can agree on a replacement.

It is a situation that observers fear will prompt international donors to withhold aid pledges and prevent action on the contracts necessary for reconstruction from a quake that left much of the capital in ruins.

Read more: http://articles.boston.com/2012-02-24/news/31096307_1_president-michel-martelly-interim-haiti-recovery-commission-parliament

ALSO:Martelly Promises to Act Quickly http://www.menafn.com/qn_news_story.asp?StoryId={756ec454-25c2-405d-98de-72c4fb1de4b5}&src=MWHEAD

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