Haiti prime minister’s resignation to not affect ties with Taiwan

Taipei, The resignation of Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant will not affect his country's long-term ties with the Republic of China (Taiwan), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Sunday.

Lafontant resigned on July 14 after days of violent protests against fuel price rises of roughly 40-50 percent, and his resignation was accepted by President Jovenel MoA�se, according to foreign media reports.

At least four people were killed during the protests, with shops and buildings burned and looted.

Asked if the senior politician's resignation could affect Haiti-Taiwan ties, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (???) said Sunday that the move would not affect the two countries' bilateral relations, which have existed for more than 60 years.

The president of Haiti is the person with executive powers in that country's government and is the one who appoints the prime minister, and MoA�se visited Taiwan in late May to further cement diplomatic ties, Lee said.

As for the situation in Haiti, Lee said no Taiwanese there were hurt during the protests, and the situation has gradually returned to normal after MoA�se announced the suspension of the fuel price rises following the protests.

Taiwan and Haiti established diplomatic ties in 1956.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel