Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated at home

Haiti’s Port-au-Prince — Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in an attack on his private residence on Wednesday, according to a statement by the interim Prime Minister of the country who called the killing “hateful, inhuman and barbaric.” ..

Interim Prime Minister Claude-Joseph said first lady Martine Moise was shot overnight and hospitalized.

Haiti was already in an unstable political situation before the assassination, becoming increasingly unstable and dissatisfied under Moise. The president ruled by decree for more than two years after the country failed to hold elections and the opposition demanded that it resign in recent months.

“The security situation in the country is under the control of the Haitian National Police and the Haitian Army,” Joseph said in a statement from his office. “Democracy and the republic win.”

Early Wednesday morning, in Port-au-Prince, the capital of the Caribbean, the streets were almost empty, but some people plundered businesses in some areas.

Joseph said police were deployed in the National Palace and the upscale community of Petion-Ville and would be sent to other areas.

Haiti’s President Jobnermoise (C) is in the middle of a ceremony to commemorate the 215th anniversary of the death of the revolutionary hero Toussaint Louverture at the National Pantheon Museum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on April 7, 2018. Leave the museum. (DieuNalio Chery / File / AP photo)

Joseph denounced the assassination as “a hateful, inhuman and barbaric act.” He said some of the attackers spoke in Spanish but did not provide any further explanation.

Haiti’s economic, political and social predicament has recently exacerbated, gang violence surged in Port-au-Prince, and inflation soared and food and food in countries where 60% of the population was less than $ 2 a day. You may run out of fuel. These problems arise because Haiti is trying to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake and the 2016 hurricane Matthew.

Opposition leaders are trying to strengthen Moïse, 53, by approving a decree that limits the power of courts to audit government contracts and a decree that created an intelligence agency that responds only to the president. I accused him of being there.

In recent months, opposition leaders have demanded that he resign, claiming that his term had legally ended in February 2021. Useful during the one-year gap.

Haiti was scheduled to hold a general election later this year.

Evens Sanon and Danikakoto

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