/ 08 July 2021

Haitian president assassinated

Jovenel Moïse was killed and his wife Martine was injured in an attack on their private residence in Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital. Reports say unidentified gunmen stormed the home at 1am local time – they were “foreigners who spoke English and Spanish”, according to interim PM Claude Joseph. A ‘state of siege’ has been declared, which means gatherings can be banned and the military used for police roles as Joseph vowed to bring Moïse’s killers to justice. Moïse was Haiti’s leader since 2017, and in recent times had faced protests demanding his resignation. Many were unhappy that his 5-year term had expired in February, but he was governing by decree after elections due in October 2019 did not happen. One of the poorest nations in the world, Haiti is marred by corruption and widespread gang violence.

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