Gunmen Assassinate Haiti President, Jovenel Moise

President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in an attack in the early hours of Wednesday at his home.

Jovonel Moïse was killed at about 1am this morning by a group of assailants, Haitian prime minister Claude Joseph has said.

“A group of unidentified individuals, some of them speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the president of the republic and thus fatally wounded the head of state,” the prime minister said.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that he was “saddened at the death of Mr Moïse”, calling it “an abhorrent act” and appealing for calm. 

Mr. Moïse’s wife, Martine Moïse, was also shot in the attack, the interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, said in a statement.

According to some reports, thousands of demonstrators questioned the president’s legitimacy, as they say his five-year term should have ended on February, 7, 2021 – five years to the day since his predecessor Michel Martelly stepped down.

The President was 53 years old.

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