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Haiti's PM Unveils New Initiatives in Memory of Slain Journalist

Haitian Prime Minister Gerard Latortue has unveiled some new initiatives in memory of Jacques Roche, a local journalist who was kidnapped and murdered in Port-au-Prince last week.

In an interview with VOA's Creole Service, Mr. Latortue said he will consult with Minister of Interior Paul Magloire on an initiative to name the street where the journalist's body was found after Mr. Roche. He also said the country will observe a day of mourning on July 21, the day of Mr. Roche's funeral.

Haitian authorities discovered Mr. Roche's body last Thursday, four days after armed gunmen abducted him.

On other issues, Mr. Latortue said there is no doubt a presidential election will be held later this year despite on-going violence.

Haiti has seen a mounting wave of violence ahead of the election. Hundreds of people have been killed since September.