Haitian prime minister takes office amid political standoff, threat of violent protests

January 15, 2015 4:15 AM

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Haitian prime minister takes office amid political standoff, threat of violent protests

FILE - This Jan. 11, 2015 file photo shows demonstrators flipping a car to block off a street during a protest demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, while the president and opposition officials were locked again in negotiations trying to forge a last-minute deal to resolve a standoff that's stalling elections. The political turmoil has been brewing since shortly after Martelly took office in 2011 as a newcomer to politics with little support in parliament, which is critical in a country where the constitution deliberately curbs executive power. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File) (The Associated Press)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti has a new prime minister to run the government as it enters a phase of political uncertainty, with its parliament dissolved, opposition activists promising street protests and its president ruling by decree because of a bitter standoff with lawmakers.

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