U.S. condemns Haiti’s leader’s “evil” assassination and says it’s ready to help

Washington — US President Joe Biden said Wednesday that he was shocked by Haiti’s “evil” assassination of President Jovenel Moise and his wife’s injury at home, and officials are preparing to investigate what happened to Washington. Said that it was done.

The 53-year-old Moise was shot dead and his wife Martine was put in crisis after an unidentified shooter fired an assault rifle overnight in his private residence.

“We condemn this vicious attack and send our heartfelt wishes for the recovery of First Lady Moise,” Biden said in a statement. “The United States condolences to the people of Haiti and we are ready to help continue working for a safe and secure Haiti.”

“I need more information, but I’m just very worried about Haiti,” Biden told White House reporters.

Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, told Reuters that his government would welcome US security assistance after the assassination.

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Ambassador Bocchi Edmond pauses when talking about the late President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, during an interview with the Associated Press at his office at the Haitian Embassy in Washington on July 7, 2021. (Carolin Custer / AP photo)

Edmond said he mistakenly identified the shooters as agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), citing government-owned video footage, but “they were not DEA agents.” Added.

State Department spokesman Ned Price said the attacker reported being a DEA agent.

At regular press conferences, Mr Price said Washington was “ready and willing” to support the Haitian authorities’ investigation, but there was no up-to-date information to announce about the support.

“We will receive formal requests. We are ready to receive them, but at this time we are not in a position to confirm that we have received formal requests,” Price said.

Year of instability

US lawmakers blamed the attack and called for administrative action.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) Has called on the Biden administration to help bring the murderer to justice. Rubio’s hometown of Florida has a large population of Haitian Americans and met Moise on a trip to the country in 2019.

“We cannot allow this timid and evil attack to make Haiti people even more difficult and destabilize their country,” Rubio said in a statement.

The Democratic Co-Chair of the Haiti Caucus in the House of Representatives said the attack was a “clear call” for action to bring stability and peace to the country.

“We also want complete transparency and independent investigation into this criminal activity,” said four lawmakers, Reps. Val Demings (D-Fla.), Yvette Clarke (DN.Y.), Andy Levin (D-Mich.) And Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) Said in a statement.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Said Congress was ready to help. “Parliament has condemned this barbaric act and we are ready to provide support and support to the Haitians during this difficult time,” she said in a statement.

Inaugurated in 2017, Moise faced a resignation and a call for massive protests over corruption charges, economic control, and increased power seizures.

Washington expelled military affairs in 1994 and sent troops to Haiti to bring its elected president, former parish priest Jean-Bertrand Aristide, back into power. However, since then, the country has suffered from political instability and a series of natural disasters.

The US government has since reduced its involvement in Haiti, and UN peacekeeping operations ended in 2019.

By Patricia Zengerle and Daphne Psaledakis

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