Haitians burned tires and intensified protests, Friday, October 11, blocking traffic in parts of the capital leading to the presidential palace, where crowds asking for the country's president resignation were headed.

As the public appearances of President Jovenel Moise fade with Haiti's deepening political turmoil, dozens of people from political parties old and new are vying to become the country's next leader as they seize on widespread discontent.

They range from a wealthy businessman with no political experience who owns a chain of grocery stores to veteran opposition leaders trying to gain a stronger foothold in Haiti's politics.

Moise still has more than two years left in his term after taking office in February 2017 and says he will not step down, but protesters seeking his resignation vow to continue with violent demonstrations that have shuttered businesses and kept 2 million children from going to school for nearly a month. Nearly 20 people have died and about 200 injured in protests fueled by anger over corruption, rising inflation and scarcity of basic goods including fuel.

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