Haiti’s First Lady Makes a Surprise Return


Ingrid Arnesen

Ingrid Arnesen

Haiti’s first lady Martine Moise returned to Port-au-Prince on Saturday afternoon, almost two weeks after her husband’s later years. President Jovenel Moise was assassinated And she was injured by a shooting in a late-night attack. She returned on a private jet with two security contractors.

The plane landed around 4:30 pm and Moise emerged from the plane in black. She had a cast on her arm from a gunshot wound she received during a deadly attack on her husband. She met a delegation in Haiti. There were no immediate details about where she went next. She seems to have told her aides in Miami that she felt better to return to her home in Haiti.

A 47-year-old woman was seriously injured during a deadly attack on her husband early on July 7. She had a gunshot wound on her arm and thigh. The Daily Beast learned that he had been rescued by Colombian security forces arriving an hour after the attack and took downtown to a general hospital. A few hours later, she was medebacked to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and taken to the Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

She returned to Haiti earlier this week after sharing her photo on Twitter in a hospital bed and thanking the Jackson Memorial Hospital “Guardian Angel” for taking care of her. “Your kind touch, kindness, and care made me hold up. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” She wrote.

She also wrote about the shock of losing her husband very cruelly, “this pain will never go away.”

Her sudden and unannounced return could be attending her husband’s funeral next week in Cap-Haitien, the northern city of his hometown. The first ceremony will take place on July 20th in the capital of Port-au-Prince, and his burial will take place on July 23rd in Haiti’s Cap. Plans for President Jovenel Moise’s funeral were announced by the interim Prime Minister’s Office late Friday.

The assassination has shaken more than 11 million countries not only about the death of President Moise, but also about the uncertainty about who is currently leading the country. Interim Prime Minister Claude-Joseph, who resigned as prime minister before the assassination, took the reins and vowed to maintain stability and peace.

He was part of a small delegation that welcomed the first woman at the tarmac on Saturday.

Meanwhile, a group of international diplomats threw their support behind a man appointed by President Moise to work as prime minister just the day before his assassination. Moise nominated Ariel Henri to replace Joseph, but Joseph said Henry was never pledged and the appointment was invalidated.

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