Official: Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at home – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Hatii (AP) – Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated after a group of strangers attacked his private home, the country’s interim prime minister said in a statement on Wednesday.

First lady Martine Moïse will be hospitalized late Tuesday after the attack, said interim prime minister Claude Joseph.

Joseph condemned what he called a “hateful, inhuman and barbaric act,” adding that Haiti’s National Police and other authorities are in control of the situation in the Caribbean country.

The nation of more than 11 million people had become increasingly unstable and angry under Moïse’s rule. Its economic, political and social hardships have escalated, with gang violence escalating in the capital, Port-au-Prince, spiraling inflation, and food and fuel in a country where 60% of the population earn less than $ 2 a day become scarce at times. These problems arise while Haiti is still trying to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew that struck in 2016.

Moïse, 53, had ruled by decree for more than two years after the country failed to hold elections, which led to the dissolution of parliament. Opposition leaders have accused him of attempting to increase his power, including approving a decree that limits the powers of a court reviewing government contracts and another that created an intelligence agency reporting only to the president.

In recent months, opposition leaders have called for his resignation, arguing that his term legally ended in February 2021. Moïse and supporters claimed his term began when he took office in early 2017 after chaotic elections forced the appointment of a provisional president to serve during a year-long hiatus.

Haiti should hold parliamentary elections later this year.

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