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Haiti president announces new government a week after parliament dissolved amid gridlock


Michel-Martelly-Haitian President

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti _ Haitian President Michel Martelly has announced the members of his new government as he runs the troubled country without a parliament.

The 18 ministers and 16 secretaries of state were named roughly a week after parliament dissolved amid a bitter stalemate between Martelly and a group of opposition lawmakers.

Martelly kept half of his former Cabinet ministers in their posts in what he touted as a “consensus government.” Changes were made in several key ministries, including justice and planning. The officials were due to be sworn in later Monday.

Haiti‘s president began ruling by decree last week while trying to steer the impoverished country toward long-delayed legislative and municipal elections.

Prime Minister Evans Paul was sworn in last week. He will run day-to-day government affairs.

The Associated Press

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