Jovenel Moise, president of Haiti, was assassinated after a group of men carried out an assault on his residence in the Pelerin neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Prime Minister Claude Joseph reported.
In the assault, the first lady, Martine Moise, who is receiving medical care, was shot and wounded, according to a statement signed by Joseph. The prime minister informed that, for now, he will assume the functions of the assassinated president of Haiti.
“This morning, at one o’clock in the morning, July 7, a group of unidentified people, who spoke in Spanish and English, assassinated the President of the Republic. The president has died from his injuries,” He said.
The prime minister called for calm to the population after the assassination of the president of Haiti and assured that the Police and the Army are in charge of maintaining order and the security situation in the country is under control.
The assassination of the president of Haiti takes place two months before the presidential and legislative elections called for next September 26, elections in which Moise could not be a candidate.
Moise had called for the same date a referendum to approve a new Constitution, a project that did not have the support of the opposition or the international community.
The country has been going through a strong political crisis since mid-2018 and experienced its most serious moment on February 7, the date on which the assassinated president of Haiti denounced that the opposition, with the support of judges, was plotting a coup.
At the same time, the nation is going through a deep security crisis, which has been aggravated especially since the beginning of June by territorial struggles between armed gangs that are vying for control of the poorest neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince.