Haiti's PM forced out by food price riots

HAITI'S prime minister has been ousted in a no-confidence vote after more than a week of violent protests at rocketing food and fuel prices. Just as President Rene Preval unveiled a plan to cut the price of rice by 15%, 16 senators in the upper house of Parliament voted unanimously on Saturday to censure prime minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis over the crisis, costing him his job. With the 10 senators in Mr Alexis' own party absent, the legislators reproached the prime minister for failing to respond to the needs of Haiti's 8.5 million people, 80% of whom live on less than $2 a day.