Haitian Prime Minister Abruptly Resigns

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille abruptly resigned Friday after less than five months on the job in a political setback for President Michel Martelly, whose struggle to fill the top government post has hampered earthquake reconstruction and other development efforts.

Conille handed in a two-sentence letter of resignation, according to a government official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he had not yet been authorized to publicly release the information. No successor has been announced.

Conille, a physician who previously served as an aide to Bill Clintonin the former U.S. president’s role as U.N. envoy to Haiti, enjoyed support among foreign officials and non-governmental organizations. But Haiti is sharply divided politically, and he was a target of occasional criticism in the opposition-controlled legislature.

Conille was ratified by the Haitian parliament in October after Martelly’s two previous picks for the post failed to win support from lawmakers.

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