BREAKING:Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated at home

BREAKING:Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated at home

The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, was shot and killed in his home, the interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph announced Wednesday.

HAITI ASSASSINATION

– President Jovenel Moise assassinated at home

– Killing announced by country’s interim Prime Minister

– Political instability and protests since 2018 demanding his resignation over alleged corruption in the country

Haitian businessman Jovenel Moise addresses the audience after being declared the official winner of the November 2016 presidential elections, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 3, 2017.
Haitian businessman Jovenel Moise addresses the audience after being declared the official winner of the November 2016 presidential elections, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 3, 2017. Jeanty Junior Augustin | Reuters

The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, has been assassinated at his private residence, according to local reports.

statement from Haiti’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, said the deadly attack took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning. “A group of individuals who have not been identified, some of whom were speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and fatally injured the Head of State,” the PM wrote.

BREAKING:Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated at home

Joseph said the first lady was also shot, but has survived the attack. He condemned the “odious, inhuman, and barbaric act” and appealed for calm, adding: “All measures have been taken to ensure the continuity of the State and to protect the Nation. Democracy and the Republic will win out.”

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated after a group of unidentified people attacked his private residence, the country’s interim prime minister said in a statement Wednesday.

Moïse’s wife, First Lady Martine Moïse, is hospitalized, interim Premier Claude Joseph said.

Joseph condemned what he called a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,” adding that Haiti’s National Police and other authorities had the situation in the Caribbean country under control.

The killing late Tuesday comes amid deepening political and economic stability and a spike in gang violence.

A reporter for Le Nouvelliste and presenter on Radio Magik 9 Robenson Geffrard said the assassination was carried out by a commando group with “foreign elements,” citing interim Prime Minister Joseph.

 

This story is developing. Please check back for updates

 

ar/sms (AFP, AP, Reuters)

 

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