Lafontant, a doctor with little political experience, was chosen by the Haitian president to lead the Executive, however, his management has not been exempt from criticism, and since the beginning of the year several sectors of the country demanded his resignation due to mismanagement of the Government.
The violent demonstrations of July 6 and 7, which caused the death of at least three people, dozens of injuries and millions of losses due to the looting, destruction and burning of commercial establishments, hotels, businesses, shops and others, increased the requests for abandonment of the prime minister.
The protests faced a rise of up to 51 percent of oil, gasoline and kerosene, the latter used to light homes that do not have access to electricity.
Many of the detractors said that the measure would further impoverish the disadvantaged population, who live on less than two dollars a day, as well as increase the basic basket and transport price.
However, the Haitian authorities had signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in exchange for a loan estimated at about 96 million dollars, but the government should stop subsidizing petroleum products and electricity.
The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) also offered some 40 million dollars of budget support only if the Haitian government fulfills its commitments with the international financial institution.
In the midst of the social and political crisis, the IMF said last week that the government could gradually implement the agreements and offer support to the most vulnerable groups.
The day before, the president said he will continue consultations in all institutions, parliament and political parties, to form a government whose mission is to alleviate the misery of the people, develop agriculture, energy and infrastructure in the country.
He also thanked Lafontant and the cabinet members for the services rendered to the nation and promised to form an inclusive government in consultation with all sectors of society.
For some specialists the resignation of the prime minister must put an end to the political tension that prevailed in the last week in the country, as well as to the specific demonstrations that took place especially in the Haitian capital.
- Countries: Haiti