Jovenel Moise Haiti president assassinated

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Breaking: President of Haiti assassinated at his home

President Jovenel Moise has been assassinated during the early hours of Wednesday, and political tensions in Haiti have escalated beyond control.

Jovenel Moise Haiti president assassinated

Photo: Twitter

Jovenel Moise, the President of Haiti, has been assassinated overnight at his own private residence. The Caribbean island has endured a long period of political turmoil and economic strife, and tensions have now reached boiling point.

Who is the President of Haiti?

Moise has been ruling Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, by decree, after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed and following disputes on when his own term ends. In addition to the political crisis, kidnappings for ransom have surged in recent months, further reflecting the growing influence of armed gangs in the Caribbean nation.

  • His wife was also injured during the overnight attack, and she continues to receive hospital treatment on Wednesday.

Just in: Jovenel Moise has been ASSASSINATED

Haiti also faces chronic poverty and recurrent natural disasters. The president has been accused of inaction in the face of crises and faces steep opposition from swaths of the population. The United Nations Security Council, the United States, and Europe had called for free and transparent presidential elections to be held by the end of 2021.

  • Musician Wyclef Jean, one of Haiti’s most famous exports, has also Tweeted his reaction to these developments.

Crisis in Haiti worsens

Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon who studied in France, was appointed PM by President Jovenel Moise only on Monday. He is now the highest authority in Haiti, following the shock political killing, and served his country throughout the pandemic.

  • A statement has been issued by Henry’s office, in the wake of Moise’s assassination.

This is a developing story, and we expect to receive more updates throughout the day.