THE President of Haiti was killed in an “inhumane and barbaric act” after months of anti-government protests and a “foiled coup”.
The Prime Minister of Haiti confirmed the attack and said that a group of individuals stormed the private residence of President Jovenel Moïse and shot him dead.
It has been reported that the President was killed at his home in the capital of Port-au-Prince at 1am.
The first lady, Martine Moïse, was hospitalised after she was reportedly injured in the attack.
Prime Minister Claude Joseph’s statement said: “A group of individuals who have not been identified, some of whom were speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and fatally injured the Head of State.”
The president was 53-years-old.
Mr Joseph condemned what he called a hateful, inhumane and barbaric act, adding that Haiti’s National Police had the situation under control.
In February, opposition politicians nominated their own president in an effort to drive out Moise whose five-year term had expired.
Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, a judge, said that he accepted the nomination.
Moïse insisted his term in office ended in February 2022 – a claim accepted by the United States.
On February 7, the day his presidential term was supposed to end, Mr Moïse claimed that a coup had been foiled to overthrow his government and kill him.
23 people were arrested including a senior poice officer.
“I thank my head of security at the palace,” he said at the time.
“The goal of these people was to make an attempt on my life. That plan was aborted.”
During his time in office, Mr Moïse was accused of corruption and was faced with waves of anti-government protests.
Demonstrations took place and there were clashes with police but residents of the capital, largely stayed at home.
In June, gangs raided multiple police stations in Port-au-Prince as violence between armed groups flared which forced thousands to flee.
Attackers raided six police stations and killed three officers burning their bodies in one attack, local media reported.
The Sun (UK)