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Haitian PM Garry Conille resigns suddenly

PM, president reportedly clashed over contracts, government ministers.

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Haiti Prime Minister Garry Conille speaks after meeting US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, DC, on Feb. 8, 2012. Conille suddenly resigned today after just four months. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Garry Conille, Haiti’s prime minister for just four months, resigned abruptly today, casting more doubt over the nation’s ability to recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

Agence France-Presse said Louis-Jeune Levaillant, leader of the lower chamber of parliament, has seen the resignation letter.

“I feel obliged to present my resignation,” the letter said, according to Levaillant.

Conille and Haitian President Michel Martelly had been feuding, reports said.

They differed on two important issues as Haiti continues to recover from the earthquake that killed an estimated 220,000 people. Debate has surfaced around government ministers holding dual citizenship, illegal on the tiny Caribbean island nation.

There was also friction about how Haiti awarded contracts in the quake’s aftermath, Reuters reported.

Observers attempted to diffuse the situation as late as Thursday.

Mariano Fernandez, the head of the United Nations mission in Haiti, said a there is a "series of repeated crises between the executive and legislative powers that undermine the proper functioning of the institutions and the democratic process.

“The political deadlock and institutional paralysis between the government, Parliament and the president ... are not likely to create the necessary conditions for recovery of the economy and the consolidation of democracy,” he said, according to Reuters.

Conille was the first prime minister approved by the senate after two failed attempts beginning last May, CNN said.

He’s a doctor and served as chief of staff for President Bill Clinton during his time as special envoy in Haiti for the UN, helping distribute international aid after the quake.

Conille also earned a master's degree in the US and worked for the United Nations.

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