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Haiti protesters demand departure of interim president

Published 15/05/2016 | 01:01

Protesters demand the resignation of interim president Jocelerme Privert in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AP)
Protesters demand the resignation of interim president Jocelerme Privert in Port-au-Prince, Haiti (AP)

Protesters have marched in Haiti's capital to demand the departure of the country's interim president, who was supposed to leave office this weekend.

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The demonstration by former president Michel Martelly's Tet Kale political faction drew a few thousand protesters in central Port-au-Prince.

Many chanted that interim president Jocelerme Privert was illegally trying to hold on to power.

An accord in February that helped put Mr Privert in office called for a caretaker leader to make way for a voter-approved president on May 14.

But another election date has recently fallen by the wayside.

Mr Privert has suggested holding the repeatedly delayed run-off in October.

Some demonstrators burned tyres and broke car windows.

Police sprayed water from an armoured vehicle, scattering the crowd at a plaza near the grounds of Haiti's National Palace.

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