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Haiti's Prime Minister resigns amid deadly protests

Posted July 14, 2018 5:04 p.m. EDT

— Haiti's Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday amid violent and deadly protests sparked by a proposed plan to raise fuel prices, according to President Jovenel Moise.

Lafontant resigned before parliament, which was due to host a vote of no confidence, Yves German Joseph, the General Secretary of the National Palace, told CNN.

Lafontant, who took office in February 2017, informed Moise of his resignation by letter. Moise accepted the resignation, Joseph said.

Moise said on Twitter he would address the country Saturday night "in a special edition on the National Television of Haiti."

"I take this opportunity to thank Mr. Lafontant and the members of the cabinet for the services rendered to the nation," Moise said on Twitter.

The controversial plan to raise fuel prices would increase the cost of gasoline by 38 percent, diesel by 47 percent and kerosene by 51 percent.

Since the protests started last week, two people -- a police officer and social leader -- were killed, Joseph said.