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Martelly leaves office with Haiti in crisis

Haitian President Michel Martelly (C) takes off his presidential sash during a ceremony in parliament in Port-au-Prince on February 7, 2016Port-au-Prince (AFP) – Michel Martelly ended his presidential term without handing power to a successor, in an electoral crisis highlighting Haiti’s long struggle to keep democracy on track in the 30 years since the Duvalier dictatorship ended. Martelly was able to leave office thanks to a last-minute agreement hours before to install a transitional government after prolonged protests that sometimes turned violent. “During its long road to the promised land, Haiti will remember that a certain Michel Joseph Martelly — Micky to his people — loved, gave, and built,” he said during his last address as president.

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