Haitian president assassinated

Haitian president assassinated

Haitian president assassinated

/ POLITIQUE / Thursday, 08 July 2021 17:28

source photo: The New York Times

By Kabakura Jean Bosco Ceusi

 Haitian President Jovenel Moise was shot dead by unidentified attackers in his private residence overnight in an "inhuman and barbaric act" and his wife was injured, Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said on Wednesday.

He said the police and army had the security situation under control but gunshots could be heard throughout the capital after the attack, which occurred amid a rising wave of politically linked violence in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

With Haiti politically divided, and facing a growing humanitarian crisis and shortages of food, there are fears of widespread disorder. The Dominican Republic said it was closing the border it shares with Haiti on the island of Hispaniola.

"The President was injured and succumbed to those injuries," Joseph said in an interview with Radio Caraibes.

Port-au-Prince had been suffering an increase in violence as gangs battle one another and police for control of the streets

The bloodshed is driven by worsening poverty and political instability. Moise faced fierce protests after taking office as president in 2017, with the opposition accusing him this year of seeking to install a dictatorship by overstaying his mandate and becoming more authoritarian - charges he denied.

"All measures are being taken to guarantee the continuity of the state and to protect the nation," Joseph said.

Moise had ruled by decree for more than a year after the country failed to hold legislative elections and wanted to push through a controversial constitutional reform. Moise Jovenal was born in Trou du Nord-Est, Haiti on 26 June  1968. In July 1974 his family moved to Port-au-Prince, where he continued his primary studies at École don Duréllin, and followed up with his secondary studies first at Lycée Toussaint Louverture, and then at centre Canado-Haitien.

Political career

 A former entrepreneur who set up string of businesses in the north of the country, where he hails from, Burst on the political stage in 2017 with a message of rebuilding the impoverished nation. He campaignied on populist pledges, As all candidates in Haiti do, but he kept up the rhetoric even after he was elected as president in February  2017.

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