Haiti President Jovenel Moïse killed in attack at home2 min read
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.
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.
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