Haiti President David Moyes killed in a home attack

Jovenel Moise and his wife Martine Moise

Jovenel Moise was deadly shot in the attack, the interim prime minister said

Haiti’s President David Moyes was killed and his wife injured in an attack on his home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.

Interim Prime Minister Claude-Joseph said an unidentified armed group had attacked the property at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).

He sought calm and declared a state of emergency nationwide.

Moïse has led Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world since 2017, but has faced widespread protests demanding his resignation.

The country’s recent history has been plagued by coups, political unrest and widespread gangsters.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted, “I was saddened by Mr. Moise’s death,” calling it a “disgusting act” and appealing for calm. US President Joe Biden condolences to the Haitians for the “horrible assassination.”

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Joseph called the president’s shooting “a vicious, inhuman and barbaric act,” and said the attackers were “English and Spanish-speaking aliens.” The official languages ​​of Haiti are Creole and French.

Some reports talked about a man in black with a powerful weapon who might have pretended to be part of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, but no official details were given.

A map showing where the attack took place

A map showing where the attack took place

Joseph vowed to the country that the murderer would be tried and said the security situation was “under control.”

A state of emergency, or “siege,” allows the use of the armed forces for the ban on assembly and the role of police, along with other extensions of executive branch.

“Everything has been done to ensure continuity,” Joseph said. “Democracy and the republic will win.”

However, the question remains as to how much control Joseph can claim.

The Haiti Constitution states that under the leadership of the Prime Minister, the minister will take control in the event of a vacancy in the president until the elections are called.

However, the new prime minister, Ariel Henry, was nominated by Mr. Moise this week, but remains unclear as it has not yet been sworn in.

On Wednesday morning, the streets of the capital seemed almost empty.

Jovenel Moise and his wife Martine Moise

Mois’s wife Martine (left) was injured in the attack

The neighboring Dominican Republic has ordered an “immediate closure” of the border with Haiti.

First lady Martine Moïse is being treated in the hospital, but her condition remains unknown.


Jovenel Moïse, 53, has been in power since February 2017.

His tenure was rocky when he was faced with corruption charges. And earlier this year there were extensive demonstrations in the capital and other cities.

Haiti’s opponents said Moise’s five-year term should have ended on February 7, 2021, five years after his predecessor Michel Martelly resigned.

However, after Materi’s resignation, the elections were delayed by a year, and Moise claimed he had another year because he didn’t take office until February 7, 2017.

The parliamentary elections should have taken place in October 2019, which means that the controversy was delayed and Moïse was statutory.

Moïse said in February of this year, the day the opposition asked him to resign. Attempts to kill him and overthrow the government I was failing.

Haiti has also faced a recent wave of gang violence and kidnapping, especially in the capital, many of which are exclusion zones.

It is nearly 60% below the poverty line due to the deteriorating standard of living of 11 million people.

The 2010 earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and caused enormous damage to infrastructure and the economy.

The United Nations peacekeepers were set up in 2004 to help stabilize the country and only withdrew in 2017, but the turmoil is showing no signs of ending.

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