Caribbean. The President of Haiti was assassinated by a commando


Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated early Wednesday morning at his home by a commando formed by foreign elements, announced outgoing Prime Minister Claude Joseph.

“The situation is under control”

“Around one in the morning, on the night of Tuesday July 6 to Wednesday July 7, 2021, a group of unidentified individuals, some of whom spoke in Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and thus fatally injured the head of the ‘State “, announced Claude Joseph.

“The security situation is under control,” he said.

The president’s wife was injured in the attack and hospitalized, Joseph said. He called on the population for calm and indicated that the police and the army would ensure the maintenance of order.

Coming from the business world, Jovenel Moïse, 53, was elected president in 2016 and took office on February 7, 2017.

The Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, announced the closure of its “immediate” border after the assassination of the head of state.

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The White House condemns the “terrible” assassination of Jovenel Moïse

The White House described Wednesday as “terrible” and “tragic” the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, Washington declaring itself ready to provide aid to the country in crisis. It is “a terrible attack, a tragic attack, having targeted the President of Haiti and his wife during the night,” said the spokesperson for the executive. “We are ready to assist in any form the people of Haiti, the government of Haiti, if there is an investigation,” she added.

Boris Johnson denounces “heinous act” and calls for calm

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson denounced Wednesday “the odious act” represented by the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, calling for calm. On Twitter, the head of the conservative government said he was “shocked and saddened by the death of President Moïse”. “It is an odious act and I call for calm,” he added, offering his condolences to the family of Jovenel Moïse and to the Haitian population.

Haiti, a Caribbean country and the poorest nation on the American continent, is plagued by insecurity, particularly kidnappings for ransom carried out by gangs enjoying virtual impunity. A situation which was worth to Jovenel Moïse, accused of inaction in the face of the crisis, to be confronted with a strong distrust of a good part of the civil society.

Dreaded anarchy

In this context, raising fears of a shift towards generalized anarchy, the UN Security Council, the United States and Europe called for the holding of free and transparent legislative and presidential elections, by the end of 2021 .

Jovenel Moïse announced Monday the appointment of a new Prime Minister, Ariel Henry, with precisely the mission of holding elections.


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