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Haiti PM defends tenure after forced resignation


 The Haitian prime minister who resigned under pressure over the weekend says the country has made significant progress even as the political standoff that led to his ouster continues.

   Laurent Lamothe says he is proud of his 31-month tenure as prime minister. Lamothe said in an interview Monday with The Associated Press that Haiti is attracting more foreign investment and school enrollment has increased. He also notes that most of the encampments of displaced people that sprung up following the January 2010 earthquake are now gone.

   The prime minister resigned early Sunday. An independent commission had called for his resignation to end a standoff in the Senate that blocked legislation needed to hold parliamentary elections.

   President Michel Martelly is expected to announce a new nominee for prime minister this week.

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