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Prime Minister Céant promises jobs in answer to unrest


Prime Minister Jean-Henry Ceant on Saturday promised a crash program to create jobs in poor neighborhoods after a tense week marred by violence and protests against the government.

In a speech posted on Facebook, Ceant said public works programs to clean canals, build roads and pick up trash will begin on Monday.

"These are jobs that will be created, economic activity that will be started, and the country will be put back in shape," he said.

Offering assurances that he was hearing the complaints of young Haitians who have spearheaded the protests, Ceant said the government would create a program of credits for young people.

"We are going to help young people create businesses. There will be loans to create 1,000 small businesses a month, including 200 a month earmarked for young people so they can create their own jobs," Ceant said. He gave no details on the size or duration of the loans.

The message comes a day after clashes in Port-au-Prince between police and protesters that left several vehicles ablaze and a police officer injured by a firebomb.


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