Haitian President Jovenel Moise was killed in his home last night, according to a statement from Prime Minister Claude Joseph.
“About 1 o’clock in the morning.” . . a group of unidentified individuals, some of whom spoke Spanish, attacked the president of the republic’s private residence and mortally wounded the head of state, “the statement said. First Lady Martine Moise receives treatment for the wounds by shooting, he added.
Joseph appealed for calm, saying the police and armed forces had the security situation under control and condemned what he called a “hateful, inhuman and barbaric act.”
Moise, 53, had ruled the Caribbean nation of 11 million people since 2017, but has faced growing street protests over corruption allegations and a bitter dispute with the opposition over whether his presidential term it had expired.
Haiti, America’s poorest country, has suffered repeated political and economic crises in recent years, as well as natural disasters.