|Haiti President Jovne Moise was assassinated. © News1 Source photo|
Haiti’s President Jovne Moise was assassinated by gunmen at his private residence on the 7th (local time). Haiti, which has been in a bad situation due to recent political turmoil and worsening security, faces even greater chaos with this incident.
Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said in a statement that Moise was killed after being shot and killed by unidentified assailants who broke into the presidential residence in Port-au-Prince around 1 a.m. that day, according to Reuters and AFP news agency.
First Lady Martin Moise, who was with them, was also shot and in critical condition. Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Bochit Edmo, said: “We are ready to transfer the first lady Martin Moise, who was shot and in critical condition, to a hospital in Miami to be treated.”
Provisional Prime Minister Joseph Joseph, who announced that he would carry out government affairs on behalf of the deceased president, said, “I have presided over an interim ministerial meeting applying Article 149 of the Constitution, and I have decided to declare martial law across the country.”
Since then, a two-week state of emergency has been declared in Haiti, and all flights at Port-au-Prince International Airport have been canceled, Reuters reported, citing the Haiti Gazette.
President Moise, a former banana exporter, has served as Haiti’s president since February 2017 after winning the 2016 presidential election.
|Soldiers and police officers are stationed near the residence of Haiti President Jobnel Moise, who was shot and killed by assailants on the 7th (local time). © AFP=News1 © News1 Correspondent Won Tae-seong|
◇ Haiti Embassy in the US “Assassin, a professional mercenary pretending to be an agent of the US Drug Administration”
The identity of the assassin of President Moise has not yet been revealed, but it has been confirmed that he is a professionally trained mercenary.
“The assassins disguised themselves as agents of the US Drug Enforcement Agency and broke into the president’s residence,” Ambassador Edmond said.
“From the video we have obtained, it appears that the assassins are professionally trained mercenaries,” he added. “I suspect they spoke Spanish and left for the Dominican Republic, but I’m not sure.”
He also said he would raise the vigilance on all borders, as the assassins would have no choice but to travel through the border if all air routes were blocked unless they were destined for the Dominican Republic.
◇ Biden, over the assassination of Haiti President “Shocked by the horrific assassination… the whole of America mourns”
US President Joe Biden also expressed his condolences, condemning the assassination of Haiti President Jobne Moise as a ‘terrible assassination’.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of the horrific assassination of President Moise,” he said in a statement. “he said.
“The United States expresses its condolences to the people of Haiti, and we will continue to work for a safe and stable Haiti.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price said he would “dedicate all assistance to Haiti,” but urged the Haiti authorities to bring the person responsible for the assassination to court.
|Reporters wait for coverage near the residence of Haiti President Jobnel Moise, who was shot and killed by assassins on the 7th (local time). © Reuters=News1 © News1 Reporter Won Tae-seong|
◇The international community also condemns… UN Security Council convened on the 8th
Members of the UN Security Council also expressed their shock and condolences when they heard the news of the assassination of President Moise this morning.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterhus said in a statement, “I am deeply shocked that the President of Haiti was assassinated.
The UN Security Council said it will convene an emergency meeting on the 8th to discuss the current chaotic situation in Haiti.
Meanwhile, in Haiti, an island country in the Caribbean Sea in Latin America, social and political turmoil has deepened due to repeated natural disasters and poverty. In particular, protests for the resignation of President Moise continued as the security of the armed gangs became unsettled.
In this situation, Haiti fell into even greater chaos as it faced the bad news of the assassination of the president.