Former soldiers clash with protesters in Haiti; 1 dead

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A band of former Haitian soldiers clashed Friday with a far larger gathering of anti-government demonstrators in the troubled country’s capital, resulting in the killing of an ex-member of the abolished military amid an ongoing political crisis.

About 100 veterans of Haiti’s disbanded military and some younger supporters paraded through downtown streets of Port-au-Prince on Friday.

Haiti’s mood grim as president leaves with no replacement, Carnival delayed

REUTERS – Michel Martelly stepped down as Haitian president on Sunday, leaving a deeply divided country in the hands of a disputed interim government, while the first day of Carnival celebrations was canceled as violent protests erupted.

The mood was grim on what should have been a festive day that would have marked a newly elected president, as well as the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship and the start of the Caribbean country’s Carnival.

Riot police clashed with protesters and Martelly handed back the presidential sash without anyone to succeed him.

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