Haitian Prime Minister sues US newspaper

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Haiti's Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has sued a Haitian American weekly newspaper for defamation.

Lamothe is suing the publication over its reporting on the sale of a telecommunications company acquired by his government.

In the lawsuit, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe said Haiti-Observateur's reporting on the sale of Haitel was "outrageous, scandalous and reminiscent of a tabloid publication."

The Haitian telecom shut down earlier this year because it couldn't pay its debts. It was then acquired by the Haitian government.

The newspaper has been publishing since 1971 and serves Haiti's large diaspora communities in New York, Florida, Montreal and the Caribbean. On its website, the paper says it has a weekly circulation of 75,000.

According to the lawsuit, most of the paper's online readership comes from Florida, which is home to the largest Haitian-American population in the U.S.