Former Haiti coup leader says he wants to be president, calls for PM to resign amid violent unrest

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Guy Philippe, who helped lead a 2004 coup in Haiti and returned to the Caribbean island last year after serving a prison sentence in the U.S., demanded Friday that the country’s prime minister resign — saying he wants to become president.

Months of violence have pushed the government in Haiti to the brink of collapse, with increasingly powerful gangs demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry who remains outside the country, seemingly unable or unwilling to return.

“He should resign,” said Philippe, a 56-year-old former police chief, in a Zoom interview from Haiti. “I think he should stay where he is now … and let

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