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Haiti protesters rally to demand president's departure as political stalemate continues

  • Protesters march through the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, during a protest calling for the resignation of President Michel Martelly, a former pop star who took office in May 2011. He has been embroiled in a stalemate with lawmakers over parliamentary elections, delayed for over three years. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Protesters march through the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, during a protest calling for the resignation of President Michel Martelly, a former pop star who took office in May 2011. He has been embroiled in a stalemate with lawmakers over parliamentary elections, delayed for over three years. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protesters march through the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, during a protest calling for the resignation of President Michel Martelly, who took office in May 2011. Recovery from the the Jan. 12, 2010, 7.0 earthquake has been uneven, plagued by poor planning and accusations of graft. Many poor Haitians say their lives have been complicated by a rising cost of living and lack of jobs, and they put the blame squarely on the government for failing to create opportunities. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Protesters march through the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, during a protest calling for the resignation of President Michel Martelly, who took office in May 2011. Recovery from the the Jan. 12, 2010, 7.0 earthquake has been uneven, plagued by poor planning and accusations of graft. Many poor Haitians say their lives have been complicated by a rising cost of living and lack of jobs, and they put the blame squarely on the government for failing to create opportunities. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • A demonstrator holds up a leaflet that shows an image of former president Bill Clinton, asking where the aid money for reconstruction went, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, during a protest calling for the resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly. Recovery from the the Jan. 12 2010, 7.0 earthquake has been uneven, plagued by poor planning and accusations of graft. Many poor Haitians say their lives have been complicated by a rising cost of living and lack of jobs, and they put the blame squarely on the government for failing to create opportunities. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    A demonstrator holds up a leaflet that shows an image of former president Bill Clinton, asking where the aid money for reconstruction went, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, during a protest calling for the resignation of Haiti's President Michel Martelly. Recovery from the the Jan. 12 2010, 7.0 earthquake has been uneven, plagued by poor planning and accusations of graft. Many poor Haitians say their lives have been complicated by a rising cost of living and lack of jobs, and they put the blame squarely on the government for failing to create opportunities. ( AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

Protesters burned tires and threw rocks at police during the latest anti-government demonstration in Haiti's capital amid a bitter political stalemate over long-delayed elections.

The gathering of mostly young men reached a peak of about 1,500 Saturday as protesters called for the departure of President Michel Martelly.

Riot police fired tear gas and sprayed water from an armored vehicle, dispersing the crowd near where the National Palace stood before it collapsed in Haiti's 2010 earthquake.

There has been no letup in violent protests since last month's resignation of Martelly's prime minister and other concessions aimed at resolving the stalemate holding up legislative elections.

Haiti faces an uncertain political future in coming days with Senate seats expiring Monday. If a last-minute agreement isn't reached, Martelly will soon rule by decree.