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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at home

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 06:03 PM, 7 July 2021  

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at home

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assassinated at home

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at his home late Tuesday, according to a top government official.

In a statement released by interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, Moïse was killed by an unidentified group, calling the attack an "inhumane and barbaric act." Some of the attackers were described as Spanish-speaking.

The first lady suffered bullet wounds during the attack and is now hospitalized.

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said, "All sorts of steps had been taken to ensure the continuity of state action".

He has now taken control of the impoverished Caribbean nation, and has urged the public to remain calm.

He called the shooting of the president a "heinous, inhuman and barbaric act".

Jovenel Moïse, 53, had been in power since February 2017, after his predecessor Michel Martelly stepped down.

Mr Moïse's time in office was rocky as he faced accusations of corruption and was challenged by waves of often violent anti-government protests.

There were widespread protests in the capital and other cities earlier this year, as people demanded his resignation.

Haiti's opposition said that Mr Moïse's five-year term should have ended on 7 February 2021, five years to the day since Mr Martelly stepped down.

Mr Moïse, however, insisted he had one more year to serve as he did not take office until 7 February 2017.

The year-long delay was caused by allegations of electoral fraud which eventually saw the result of the 2015 election being annulled and fresh polls being held, which were won by Mr Moïse.

On 7 February, the day his opponents said his term should have ended, he said that a "coup to overthrow his government and assassinate him" had been foiled.