Haitian President Jovenal Moise assassinated, wife wounded
Haitian President Jovenal Moise was shot dead by unidentified attackers in his private residence overnight in an “inhuman and barbaric act,” Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said on Wednesday, Reuters reports.
Moise’s wife was injured and was receiving medical care, Joseph said in a statement.
The attack 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.
“All measures are being taken to guarantee the continuity of the state and to protect the nation,” Joseph said. Gunshots could be heard throughout the capital.
Port-au-Prince had been suffering an increase in violence as gangs battle one another and police for control of the streets.
That violence was fueled by an increase in poverty and political instability. Moise has faced fierce protests since he took 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.
UN Security Council condemns Haiti assassination
The U.N. Security Council condemned on Wednesday the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise and called on all parties to “remain calm, exercise restraint and to avoid any act that could contribute to further instability.”
In a statement the 15-member council “made an emphatic call on all political stakeholders in Haiti to refrain from any acts of violence and any incitement to violence.”
It also called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. The council is due to be briefed on Moise’s assassination in a closed-door meeting on Thursday.