Port-Au-Prince: In a major political turmoil that was unwrapped in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, Haitian president Jovenel Moise was assassinated by unidentified gunmen who entered his home and shot him down.
As per reports, the wife of Jovenel Moise was injured in the attack after she was shot in the arm.
Claude Joseph, the interim president has requested the public to maintain their calm even if the country destabilizes further.
“The president was assassinated at his home by foreigners who spoke English and Spanish,” Joseph said.
Moise had ruled Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, by decree, after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed in the wake of disputes, including on when his own term ends.
Kidnappings, gang violence, political volatility are not new in Haiti. The Caribbean nation also faces chronic poverty and recurrent natural disasters.
The president faced steep opposition from swathes of the population that deemed his mandate illegitimate, and he churned through a series of seven prime ministers in four years. Most recently, Joseph was supposed to be replaced this week after only three months in the post