Haiti president attacks critics in carnival hit

Haitian President Michel Martelly, pictured on June 19, 2015, is out with a new carnival song that takes particular aim at a famous Haitian female journalist and is loaded with sexual innuendo and double entendre (AFP Photo/Hector Retamal)

Port-au-Prince (AFP) - Outgoing Haiti President Michel Martelly, a former music star, has found fresh success with a sexually loaded song attacking his critics, amid a political crisis over who will succeed him.

The popular six-minute carnival song by Sweet Micky -- the president's stage name -- takes particular aim at a famous Haitian female journalist and is loaded with sexual innuendo and double entendre.

Translated from the local Creole language, the song is called "Give her the banana."

That seemingly is inspired from the campaign slogan, "Banana Man," of Jovenel Moise, an agricultural entrepreneur and Martelly's pick for the next president.

Martelly's main target is well-known journalist Liliane Pierre-Paul, and the song has been popular on the playlist of some Haitian DJs.

It also had success with listeners checking out carnival hits, racking up more than 100,000 plays online in less than 24 hours.

The Haitian carnival takes place February 7-9 in the capital Port-au-Prince, although preparations have been lagging.

The annual carnival, usually a time for the poorest country in the Americas to forget about its litany of ills, has been overshadowed by a roiling political crisis after the January 24 presidential vote runoff was canceled over security concerns.

Martelly's term ends Sunday, and with no successor in place, Haiti is facing constitutional crisis yet again.