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Mr. Martelly told his audience of diplomats, government officials and supporters that the new military force would combat smuggling and patrol parts of Haiti where “terrorists” are a constant threat.

He did not elaborate on what he meant by terrorists, who have not been known to pose a threat in Haiti.

A government official had said earlier that Mr. Martelly would use the national speech to issue a decree creating the new military.

Besides the issue of cost, some critics have expressed alarm at restoring a military that had been notorious for abuses before it was disbanded in 1995 under former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. They have said money for the army would be better spent on the national police force.

But many in Haiti welcome the military’s restoration as a source of potential jobs amid deep poverty - and as a point of national pride.

The idea resonates in a country where Mr. Martelly and other politicians have denounced the U.N. peacekeeping force that has helped keep order since Mr. Aristide’s ouster in 2004.


New rebel chief denounces president

BOGOTA — The new leader of Colombia’s main rebel army says the combat death of his predecessor won’t intimidate the guerrillas.

Timoleon Jimenez has issued a message calling President Juan Manuel Santos “threatening and brutal” and reproaching him for acting boastful over the death of Alfonso Cano, who had led the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) until he was killed on Nov. 4.

The message appeared Sunday on the Internet site of the Agencia Bolivariana de Prensa, which often carries guerrilla statements.

Most analysts estimate the rebels have about 8,000 fighters. Mr. Santos says they should lay down their arms or face a choice of “prison or the tomb.”


Premier hints elections may occur next month

KINGSTON — Jamaica’s prime minister hinted Sunday that parliamentary elections could come as early as next month, whipping tens of thousands of governing party supporters into campaign mode.

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