Magnicide in Haiti killed Jovenel Moise
Haitian President Jovenel Moise, 53, has been killed in an armed attack on his private residence in Port-au-Prince, Acting Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph has confirmed in a statement. The first lady, Martine Moise, has been injured. The statement gives details of the assault on the home, perpetrated by “a group of unidentified individuals,” including “several who spoke Spanish,” according to various local media such as Juno7 station.
“The country’s security situation is under the control of the National Police and the Armed Forces,” said the interim prime minister, who is confident that “democracy and the Republic will overcome” this escalation of tensions. Moise was elected president of the poorest country in America in 2017.
This same Tuesday, Moise appointed Ariel Henry as the country’s new prime minister, replacing Claude Joseph, who took office on an interim basis last April. “Henry will have to form an open government that includes the vital forces of the country, solve the flagrant problem of insecurity and support the Electoral Council to carry out the general elections and the referendum,” he said on his Twitter account. .
Ariel Henry was Minister of the Interior during the term of President Michel Martelly (2011-2016). Moise ruled by decree for more than a year due to the absence of an elected Parliament. Last week, the United Nations Security Council expressed “deep concern” about the deterioration of political, security and humanitarian conditions in Haiti, days after 15 people lost their lives in shootings in Port-au-Prince.