Margareth Fortuné, the Haitian State Lottery's general manager, has resigned.

The director of Haiti’s State Lottery has resigned after a finance report revealed potential misappropriation of funds at the agency. 

The lottery’s employee union, which earlier complained about not being paid for three months, had accused General Manager Margareth Fortuné of embezzlement. The government’s anti-corruption unit then searched the state’s lottery on Tuesday. 

Fortuné had been the lottery manager since 2016. Source

Haitian table tennis team gets visas too late for Olympics qualifiers

Haitian table tennis players posing for a picture. Photo via Haiti-Tempo

Haiti’s table tennis team will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics because the players didn’t receive their visas in time to travel to Argentina for the qualifiers played last week. 

In a public statement, the Haitian Table Tennis Federation said the visas from the Argentina Consul came two days before the qualifiers, held Apr. 13 to Apr. 17. The federation said they applied for visas two weeks before the qualifiers. They weren’t able to book a flight after receiving the visas two days before the qualifiers. Source

Catholics go on 3-day strike to protest against kidnapping 

Catholic clergy participate in a Mass at the church of San Pedro in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Thursday to protest the abduction of 10 people, including seven clergy members, on 11 April. Photo credit: EPA-EFE

Numerous Catholic institutions started a three-day strike Wednesday to protest against kidnappings around Haiti. 

The protest comes after 10 Catholic worshippers were kidnapped in Croix-des-Bouquets, a town near Port-au-Prince, earlier this month. One person has since been released, after the gang members reportedly received a USD $50,000 ransom.

The Catholic Church and the Associations and Chamber of Commerce went on a one-day strike earlier this month. Source

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