The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, has been assassinated in his private residence
by a group of armed men who also seriously injured his wife,
Speaking on a local radio station, the prime minister, Claude Joseph, confirmed the
the killing of Moïse, saying the attack had been carried out by an “armed commando
group” that included foreign elements.
The first lady, Martine Moïse, was hospitalized after she was reportedly injured in
The prime minister’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 to
drive out Moise whose five-year term had expired.
Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, a judge, said that he accepted the nomination.
Moise claimed he was president until February 2022, a disputed interpretation of the constitution.
Demonstrations took place and there were clashes with police but residents of
Port-au-Prince, the capital, largely stayed at home. The US has accepted Moise’s
claim to power.