“New government named in Haiti”

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PORT AU PRINCE – Haiti has unveiled a new government, two months after prime minister Jack Guy Lafontant, resigned following days of violent protests against fuel price rises.

The unrest started after the government unveiled a proposal to remove fuel subsidies. At least four people were killed with shops and buildings burnt and looted.

The authorities said that the new the new administration, headed by new Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant, will have as its first task to calm socio-economic malaise in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.

Ceant, 61, is a notary who ran unsuccessfully for president in 2010 and 2016. He was named to the post on August 5 but in a sign of discord between the legislative and presidential branches it took a month to reach agreement on his 18-member cabinet.

Six members retained their jobs from the previous cabinet. (CMC)