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Haitian President Michel Martelly arrives on November 18, 2011, in Port-au-Prince to announce the reconstruction of the army. (Source: THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images)

Haitian President Michel Martelly arrives on November 18, 2011, in Port-au-Prince to announce the reconstruction of the army. (Source: THONY BELIZAIRE/AFP/Getty Images)

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NORTH MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) — Haitian President Michel Martell will meet with members of the South Florida’s Haitian-American community Monday evening in North Miami Beach.

Haiti’s government has been pitching business and tourism opportunities in the Caribbean country to Haitians living abroad, along with international investors.

Martelly has faced criticism at home. Anti-government demonstrations have been held in Haiti’s capital and countryside to air a range of grievances, including alleged corruption in Martelly’s administration.

Last month, a small group of ex-soldiers emerged from hiding to renew their demand that Martelly honor his campaign promise to re-establish Haiti’s military. The group embarrassed Haiti’s government earlier this year by seizing old military bases to press for the restoration of the disbanded army.

Martelly took office in May 2011.

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