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Martelly says he’s returned on tax hikes and privileges for former officials

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Haiti Sentinel

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De facto Prime Minister Evans Paul announces return on tax hikes and government official privileges.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The de facto Prime Minister Evans Paul announced late Friday night that the tax hikes of October 1, 2015 and the pay and privileges for former ministers were nullified.

PM Paul made the declaration in hopes of warding off movements and a nationwide strike scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, November 9 and 10, 2015.

The increase in taxes was made as part of a budget decree, enacted outside of the law, and would require a similar decree in order to be returned on.

Unions that planned the strike say they would not take the Martelly administration’s word and demanded that the decree be issued before they end their movements.

President Michel Martelly, First Lady Sophia Martelly, and most of the presidential family left Haiti on Thursday before the release of election results.

Seeming to be a measure taken for their safety, the First Family are not due back to Haiti until Wednesday, the day the strike is expected to end.

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