President Jovenel Moïse, 53, had been ruling by decree for over two years after the country failed to hold elections, which led to Parliament being dissolved.
Image Source: India Today Jovenel Moïse, Haiti’s 53-year-old President, was assassinated at his private residence in Port-au-Prince early on Wednesday by unidentified gunmen, pushing the Caribbean nation, already battered by months-long protests, economic miseries, and the Covid-19 outbreak, into further chaos. Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Joseph Claude announced on Thursday that Moïse was assassinated at his home and condemned the assassination as a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act.” Jovenel Moïse’s wife, Martine Moïse, was hospitalized due to her serious injuries. He further mentioned the attackers speaking Spanish, which hints in this attack foreign mercenaries were involved. According to local media, Moise’s body had been riddled with 12 bullets. Police chief Leon Charles said four suspects had been killed, and the police were chasing others. “They will be killed or captured,” he said on Thursday, but has not disclosed the identity of the suspects nor has he offered any evidence linking them to the plot. It turns out that Moïse had made many enemies since he took office as president. He had faced many protests since 2017. The opposition accused him in the year 2021, of seeking to install a dictatorship, by overstaying his mandate and becoming more authoritarian. However, he denied the charges. The nation of over 11 million people had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Moïse. The assassination is likely to plunge the Caribbean nation into further turmoil, after several years marked by political unrest, violence, and a growing humanitarian crisis. These troubles come as Haiti still tries to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew that struck in 2016. However, the Prime Minister, Joseph Claude, tried to regain the confidence of his citizens, stating that “the country’s security situation is under the control of the National Police of Haiti and the Armed Forces of Haiti,” he further added, “democracy and the republic will win.”