PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – A caretaker government was running Haiti on Monday after the weekend resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe plunged the Caribbean nation into uncertainty as political forces jockeyed to fill the void.
The western hemisphere’s poorest country is still recovering from an earthquake five years ago that leveled much of its capital, Port-au-Prince. In recent weeks, demonstrators in many cities have accused the government of corruption, demanding the resignation of Lamothe and President Michel Martelly.
A replacement for Lamothe is due to be named by Wednesday, under a timetable set by a special commission last week.
Martelly, who began talks with political leaders on Monday to find a consensus candidate acceptable for ratification by parliament, has warned it would be “complicated” to implement the panel’s recommendations. On Monday his spokesman, Lucien Jura, said four hours of talks with the presidents of both houses of parliament had failed to reach agreement on a candidate.
On Friday Martelly accepted the commission’s recommendations, including the resignations of Lamothe, the entire cabinet, the head of the Supreme Court and an interim electoral council, in an effort to resolve a long-running dispute over delayed legislative and municipal elections.