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Haitian Prime Minister Resigns

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Haiti Prime Minister Garry Conille speaks following with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2012. Conille is in Washington on a three-day official visit. (Photo by: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Haiti Prime Minister Garry Conille speaks following with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington, DC, on February 8, 2012. Conille is in Washington on a three-day official visit. (Photo by: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Political chaos reigned in Haiti Friday and into Saturday after Prime Minister Garry Conille resigned from office shortly before he was to meet with the country’s president and ministers at the national palace, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.

Conille had been under pressure for days to resign after just four months in office. Many in the international community and top Haitian politicians had tried to stave off the prime minister having to leave office, but they were unsuccessful.

Conille and Haitian President Michel Martelly have been feuding over issues of nationality of government officials, including Martelly himself, an investigation into post-Earthquake contracts, and who controls government ministers, according to the Herald.

The resignation of Conille further delayed much of Haiti’s reconstruction efforts along with other government initiatives. While negotiations have been ongoing about a replacement, outside observers said there is no timeline when Haiti will get a government working again, according to the Herald.

It took five months when Conille was appointed as prime minister, which was the third different choice from Martelly. But, much in a similar manner to the political gridlock in Washington, there’s no guarantee any pick from Martelly will be approved.

According to the Herald, Parliament has been at odds with President Martelly since his May 2010 inauguration over who is actually in charge of the country and over power sharing.

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