The President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, has been killed in an attack perpetrated this Wednesday at dawn against his private residence and in which he also the first lady was shot, as reported by the interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, in a statement.
The attack occurred around 1.00 (local time), when “A group of unidentified foreigners”Among them, “several who spoke Spanish”, attacked the house, according to the statement collected by local media such as Juno7 and ‘Gazette Haiti’.
Moment in which the president of Haiti Jovenel Moïse was assassinated pic.twitter.com/26ajYWbDmJ
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Joseph has condemned this act “hateful, inhuman and barbarous” and has called the population “to calm down.” «The security situation in the country 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 conquer “this escalation of tensions.
The murder of Moise pushes the serious security crisis to the limit that passes through Haiti and that threatens to cause a power vacuum, given that the president had already been governing by decree for more than a year due to the absence of an elected Parliament. Moise had drawn an electoral calendar that has varied as he goes, as the situation in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere has worsened. Initially, it had been convened in April a referendum to reform the Constitution, but the uncertainty led to a first postponement to June and, later, until September 26, coinciding with the first round of the legislative and presidential elections.
The uncertainty has also extended to the Government, whose reins Joseph assumed internally last April. This same week, the president had appointed Ariel Henry, a former head of the Interior, as the new prime minister, who was entrusted, among other tasks, with “solving the flagrant problem of insecurity and supporting the Electoral Council in holding the general elections the referendum ».
The political and security crisis has also led to a worsening of the humanitarian situation, especially in the Port-au-Prince area, where some 18,100 people have been forced to leave their homes due to the rebound in violence, 14,700 of them in the last month, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
The UN has also warned that the violence complicates the distribution of aid and has left thousands of people with little or no assistance, although it estimates that a total of 1.1 million need some type of aid to cover needs or services. basic.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism