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Haiti: President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at his residence

By Jeune Afrique
Posted on Thursday, 8 July 2021 11:50, updated on Friday, 9 July 2021 15:15

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise (centre), accompanied by his wife Martine and former prime minister Joseph Jouthe (right) in Port-au-Prince, in November 2020 © AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse was attacked at his private residence on the evening of 6 July, by an armed commando.

Haiti’s new prime minister Ariel Henry announced on 7 July that President Jovenel Moïse had been assassinated the night before.

“At around one o’clock in the morning, on the night of Tuesday 6 to Wednesday 7 July 2021, a group of unidentified individuals, some of whom spoke in Spanish, attacked the President of the Republic’s private residence and mortally wounded the Head of State,” the head of government announced in a statement.

Call for calm

“Condemning this odious, inhumane and barbaric act,” the prime minister called on “the population to remain calm” and assured that “the country’s security situation” is “under control.”

President Moïse had appointed Henry, a doctor, as prime minister on 6 July. The previous head of government had not even lasted three months in the post.

The President had been under intense pressure for several months, as large swathes of the population had been demanding his departure amid a constitutional crisis.

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