Of­fi­cials exit Haiti gov’t over pres­i­dent’s re­marks

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Hos­tile com­ments made by Haitian Pres­i­dent Michel Martelly at a cam­paign rally has set off an up­roar in his coali­tion gov­ern­ment, lead­ing a po­lit­i­cally al­lied party to an­nounce the res­ig­na­tion of three of­fi­cials from his ad­min­is­tra­tion Wed­nes­day.

The leader of the Fu­sion So­cial Democrats told re­porters that two Cab­i­net min­is­ters and a sec­re­tary of state will leave Martelly’s gov­ern­ment due to the pres­i­dent’s com­ments to a woman in the port city of Mi­ragoane.

“This is in­ap­pro­pri­ate. Enough is enough,” Ed­monde Sup­plice Beauzile said at a news con­fer­ence an­nounc­ing his party’s vote to re­move its three of­fi­cials, which in­clude the min­is­ter of women’s af­fairs.

Martelly was at a rally July 29 when a woman ac­cused his gov­ern­ment of in­com­pe­tence and com­plained that it failed to bring elec­tric­ity to her com­mu­nity. Video broad­cast by Haitian media show the pres­i­dent dis­miss­ing her with coarse, sex­ist lan­guage, telling her in Haitian Cre­ole to “go get a man and go in the bushes” to have sex. Many in the crowd at the night­time rally erupted in cheers and laughs at his re­marks.

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