Haitian president, Jovenel Moise, was, on Wednesday, shot dead in his private home in what interim Prime Minister, Claude Joseph, has described an “inhuman and barbaric attack.”
Mr Joseph, in a statement, said that late Moise’s wife was injured during the brutal attack and is receiving medical care in hospital.
Mr Joseph said:
All measures are being taken to guarantee the continuity of the state and to protect the nation.
The attackers that killed Mr Moise are still unidentified, reports emerging from the country said.
In the statement from Mr Joseph, and originally written in French, the Haitian Government said:
Around 1am on the night of Tuesday, 6 to Wednesday, 7 July 2021, a group of unidentified individuals, within which some spoke Spanish, attacked the private resident of the President of the Republic [of Haiti] and fatally injured the Chief of State.
Injured by the bullet, the First Lady is receiving the necessary medical care.
The Prime Minister, Dr Claude Joseph and the CSPN [Haitian National Police] condemn this odious, inhumane and barbaric act and appeal to the population for peace.
The national security situation of the country is under the control of the National Police of Haiti [PNH] and Haiti’s Armed Forces.
All measures have been taken to guarantee the continuity of the state and protect the nation.
Democracy and the Republic will overcome [these events].
President Moise was killed among increasing political and social turmoil in Haiti and the wider Caribbean area.
The late Haitian leader has been in power since February 2017 after his predecessor, Michel Martelly, stepped down from the role.
The President’s time in office was rocky from the start as he faced accusations of corruption and challenged by waves of anti-government protests – often turning violent.
Widespread protests have plagued Port-au-Prince and other major cities in Haiti earlier this year as people demanded his resignation.