Jovenel Moïse, the 53-year-old Haitian President, was assassinated during an attack on his private residence, according to press reports.
Moïse was President of Haiti from 2017 until his assassination in 2021.
Claude Joseph, the country’s interim prime minister, called the incident a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,” according to the AP.
“The country’s security situation is under the control of the National Police of Haiti and the Armed Forces of Haiti,” Joseph said in a statement. “Democracy and the republic will win.”
Jovenel Moïse started his career as an entrepreneur before venturing into politics.
In 2015, President Michel Martelly designated Moïse as the presidential candidate of the political party Martelly founded, the Haitian Tèt Kale Party (PHTK).
Moïse promoted bio-ecological agriculture as an economic engine of growth for Haiti, whose population is over 50% rural.
He also expressed support for policies pursued by Martelly, which included: universal education and health care, energy reform, the rule of law, the creation of sustainable jobs, environmental protection, and the development of Haiti as a destination for ecotourism and agritourism.
However, his presidency was shrouded in controversy and charges of election fraud.
There was a sharp increase in gang violence, frequent street protests, and inflation has risen to untenable levels while food and fuel have become scarce under Moïse’s time as President.
Haiti is located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea.
The country occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic.
It is the third-largest country in the Caribbean by area and has an estimated population of 11.4 million, making it the most populous country in the Caribbean.
Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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