Haiti President Jovenel Moise said in an interview on February 7, 2020 at his home in Petionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (AP Photo / Dieu Nalio Chery)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said he strongly condemns Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise for being assassinated at home.
Trudeau condemned the “horrible assassination” in a Twitter post, adding that Canada is ready to help the people of Haiti and provide all the support they need.
In the Caribbean, a group of shooters killed Moïse and injured his wife at home, enduring intensified gang violence, anti-government protests, and the recent surge in COVID-19 infections.
The assassination creates more uncertainty ahead of the general elections scheduled for later this year.
The 53-year-old Moïse was dominated by decree for more than a year after the country failed to hold elections and opposition parties demanded him resign in recent months.
Haiti is the largest recipient of development assistance from Canada in the Americas, and Canada is the second largest donor to Haiti after the United States.
Since the 2010 earthquake, Ottawa has provided Haiti with $ 1.5 billion. This includes humanitarian assistance of $ 345 million and development assistance of $ 1.15 billion.