It has been revealed that Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his home early Wednesday morning by a group of armed individuals.
The interim prime minister announced that Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and his wife wounded early Wednesday in an attack at their home.
It’s an act that risks further destabilizing the Caribbean nation beset by gang violence and political volatility. Claude Joseph said he was now in charge of the country and urged the public to remain calm while insisting the police and army would ensure the population’s safety.
The capital Port-au-prince was quiet on Wednesday morning with no extra security forces on patrol, witnesses reported. “The president was assassinated at his home by foreigners who spoke English and Spanish,” Joseph said of the assault that took place around 1:00 am local time and left the president’s wife Martine hospitalized.
Moise had ruled Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, by decree, after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed in the wake of disputes, including when his own term ends.
In addition to the political crisis, kidnappings for ransom have surged in recent months, reflecting the growing influence of armed gangs in the Caribbean nation.