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Haiti president Jovenel Moïse assassinated

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Haiti President Jovenel Moïse killed in attack at home Wed, 07 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0100-Prime minister says attack carried out by 'armed commando group' that included foreign elements.

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Haiti president Jovenel Moïse assassinated

July 07, 2021

The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, has been assassinated in his private residence by a group of armed men who also seriously injured his wife, according to a statement from the interim prime minister’s office.

Speaking on a local radio station, the prime minister, Claude Joseph, confirmed the killing of Moïse, saying the attack had been carried out by an “armed commando group” that included foreign elements.

“Around one o’clock in the morning, during the night of Tuesday 6 to Wednesday 7 July 2021, a group of unidentified individuals, including some speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the president and fatally injured the head of state,” Joseph said in a statement quoted in the media.

Condemning “this odious, inhuman and barbaric act”, Joseph sought to reassure Haitians, saying the security situation in the country remained calm.

He added that Moïse’s wife, Martine, had been seriously injured in the attack. An official speaking anonymously to the Associated Press also confirmed Moïse’s death.

The assassination is likely to plunge the impoverished Caribbean nation into further turmoil after several years marked by political unrest and violence. Moïse’s time in office had been marked by an increase in political instability, allegations of corruption and a long-running dispute about when Moïse’s period in office should end.

There have been intermittent periods of protests and street violence and a rise in gang violence, some of it tied to the country’s political parties. At the centre of the crisis has been the question of when Moïse’s presidential term was due to end – and whether he was governing unconstitutionally.

Haiti’s opposition claims Moïse should have stepped down on 7 February to coincide with the fifth anniversary of 2015 elections that were cancelled and then re-run a year later because of allegations of fraud.

They further allege that because Moïse failed to hold legislative elections in 2019 – and has since ruled by decree after parliament was left without lawmakers – he had violated the country’s 1987 constitution.

Moïse and his supporters rejected that argument, saying he only took power in 2017 after winning the re-run.

Instability has been exacerbated by the Petrocaribe scandal, a controversy that arose from a scheme to buy discounted oil from Venezuela on cheap credit. The idea was to free up funds for social schemes, but the money was pocketed by politicians.

Earlier this year amid allegations by Moïse of a coup attempt that planned to “murder him” and fresh protests – Moïse moved to protect his position, ordering the arrest of 23 people including a supreme court judge and a senior police official, while declaring that he was “not a dictator”.

The Caribbean country – the world’s first black republic after its revolution against French rule – has a history marked by poverty, authoritarian rule, political instability and external interference including a long US occupation. It has struggled to rebuild since the devastating earthquake in 2010 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.


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Haiti president Jovenel Moïse assassinated Wed, 07 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0100-Jovenel Moïse has been fatally shot and the first lady injured in the capital Port-au-Prince.

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Haiti President Jovenel Moïse killed in attack at home

image captionJovenel Moïse was fatally shot in the attack, and his wife Martine was wounded, the prime minister said

Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation's capital, according to the country's interim prime minister.

Claude Joseph said the president's home in Port-au-Prince was stormed by unidentified armed men at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).

First Lady Martine Moïse was injured in the attack.

Mr Joseph said that “all measures had been taken to guarantee the continuity of the state”.

He has now taken control of the impoverished Caribbean nation, and has urged the public to remain calm.

He called the shooting of the president a “heinous, inhuman and barbaric act”.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened at the death of Mr Moïse”, calling it “an abhorrent act” and appealing for calm. The White House called the killing a “horrific crime”.

The neighbouring Dominican Republic ordered the “immediate closure” of its border with Haiti.

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image captionMr Moïse has faced widespread protests this year demanding his resignation

Jovenel Moïse, 53, had been in power since February 2017. His time in office was rocky as he faced accusations of corruption and was challenged by waves of often violent anti-government protests.

There were widespread demonstrations in the capital and other cities earlier this year, as people demanded his resignation.

Haiti's opposition said that Mr Moïse's five-year term should have ended on 7 February 2021, five years to the day since his predecessor, Michel Martelly, stepped down.

But there had been a year's delay to elections after Mr Martelly's departure, and Mr Moïse insisted he had one more year to serve as he did not take office until 7 February 2017.

In February this year, on the day the opposition wanted him to leave office, Mr Moïse said an attempt to kill him and overthrow the government has been foiled.

media captionWhy are there so many protests in Haiti?

Chronic instability, dictatorships and natural disasters have left Haiti as one of the poorest nations in the Americas.

It has seen an increase violent gang crime and kidnappings as well as worsening living standards in a nation where nearly 60% already live below the poverty line.

An earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy.

A UN peacekeeping force was put in place in 2004 to help stabilise the country, and only withdrew in 2017.

image captionJovenel Moïse was fatally shot in the attack, and his wife Martine was wounded, the prime minister said

Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation's capital, according to the country's interim prime minister.

Claude Joseph said the president's home in Port-au-Prince was stormed by unidentified armed men at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).

First Lady Martine Moïse was injured in the attack.

Mr Joseph said that “all measures had been taken to guarantee the continuity of the state”.

He has now taken control of the impoverished Caribbean nation, and has urged the public to remain calm.

He called the shooting of the president a “heinous, inhuman and barbaric act”.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened at the death of Mr Moïse”, calling it “an abhorrent act” and appealing for calm. The White House called the killing a “horrific crime”.

The neighbouring Dominican Republic ordered the “immediate closure” of its border with Haiti.

image copyrightGetty Images
image captionMr Moïse has faced widespread protests this year demanding his resignation

Jovenel Moïse, 53, had been in power since February 2017. His time in office was rocky as he faced accusations of corruption and was challenged by waves of often violent anti-government protests.

There were widespread demonstrations in the capital and other cities earlier this year, as people demanded his resignation.

Haiti's opposition said that Mr Moïse's five-year term should have ended on 7 February 2021, five years to the day since his predecessor, Michel Martelly, stepped down.

But there had been a year's delay to elections after Mr Martelly's departure, and Mr Moïse insisted he had one more year to serve as he did not take office until 7 February 2017.

In February this year, on the day the opposition wanted him to leave office, Mr Moïse said an attempt to kill him and overthrow the government has been foiled.

media captionWhy are there so many protests in Haiti?

Chronic instability, dictatorships and natural disasters have left Haiti as one of the poorest nations in the Americas.

It has seen an increase violent gang crime and kidnappings as well as worsening living standards in a nation where nearly 60% already live below the poverty line.

An earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy.

A UN peacekeeping force was put in place in 2004 to help stabilise the country, and only withdrew in 2017.


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Haiti president Jovenel Moïse assassinated

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