Jovenel Moise assassination latest – President of Haiti shot dead at home by mystery Spanish-speaking gunmen
7th July 2021

The President of Haiti has been shot dead at his home, it was confirmed today.

Jovenal Moise was killed in a nighttime raid at his property in the capital Port Au Prince by mystery Spanish-speaking gunmen.

A statement from Haiti’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, said the deadly attack took place in the early hours of this morning.

“A group of individuals who have not been identified, some of whom were speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and fatally injured the Head of State," he said.

He added that Haiti's First Lady was also shot but has survived the attack.

He condemned the “odious, inhuman, and barbaric act” and appealed for calm, adding: “All measures have been taken to ensure the continuity of the State and to protect the Nation. Democracy and the Republic will win out.”

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  • Joseph Gamp

    MOISE CLAIMED HE WAS VICTIM OF BOTCHED ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN FEBRUARY

    In February, Moise claimed that he was the victim of an assassination plot which had been foiled by Haitian police. 

    “There was an attempt on my life,” he said at the time in a national address.

    “I thank my head of security at the palace. The goal of these people was to make an attempt on my life. That plan was aborted.”

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRIME MINISTER CLAUDE JOSEPH CALLS FOR CALM

    Condemning the “inhumane and barbaric act”, Joseph called for calm, saying the police and the country’s armed forces had taken control of the security situation.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRESIDENT ASSASSINATED ‘BY FOREIGNERS WHO SPOKE ENGLISH AND SPANISH’

    “The president was assassinated at his home by foreigners who spoke English and Spanish,” Prime Minister Joseph said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    HAITI PRESIDENT JOVENEL MOISE ASSASSINATED AFTER GUNMEN STORM HOME IN DEAD OF NIGHT

    The President of Haiti has been assassinated, the Interim Prime Minister announced in a statement this morning.

    Claude Joseph said that a group of individuals stormed the private residence of President Jovenel Moise and shot him dead in an "inhumane and barbaric act".

    It has been reported that the President was killed at his home in the capital of Port-au-Prince at 1am.

    Read more on the story here.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FIRST LADY TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF INJURIES

    Haiti’s first lady, Martine Moise, has been taken to hospital as a result of the attack.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WHAT IS THE CURRENT POLITICAL AND SOCIAL CLIMATE IN HAITI?

    The nation of more than 11 million people had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Moïse's rule.

    Haiti's economic, political and social woes have deepened, with gang violence spiking heavily in the capital of Port-au-Prince, inflation spiralling and food and fuel becoming scarcer at times in a country where 60% of the population makes less than $2 a day.

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    WATCH: HAITI PRESIDENT JOVENEL MOISE ASSASSINATED AFTER GUNMEN STORM HIS PALACE IN DEAD OF NIGHT

    Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated after gunmen storm his palace in dead of night

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRESIDENT MOISE CLAIMED HE STILL HAD ONE YEAR LEFT IN GOVERNMENT

    The country's leading opposition parties, the judiciary and activist groups said Mr Moise's five-year term as president ended in February.

    But the president claimed he had one year left in office since an interim government ran the country for a year after his election.

  • Joseph Gamp

    HAITIAN EMBASSY IN CANADA TWEETS PRESIDENT MOISE'S ASSASSINATION

    The Haitian Embassy in Canada also confirmed Moïse was killed in a tweet.

    Posting in French the embassy said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, during an attack on his residence by mercenaries.

    "The First Lady, injured, receives the necessary care. Our hearts go out to the presidential family and to the whole nation."

  • Joseph Gamp

    FORMER PRESIDENT DENIED ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION AND BEING 'A DICTATOR'

    Haiti's current political crisis was fuelled by questions over whether Moise's presidential term had already expired and he was unlawfully claiming power.

    In an interview with the Telegraph last year, he defended himself against claims of corruption and turning Haiti into a dictatorship. 

    “We’re trying to find a solution to this crisis. I’m not the first president to rule by decree. And I’m confident that the answer is around the corner; then the legislature will be put in place to play its role."

  • Joseph Gamp

    PICTURED: HAITI'S ASSASSINATED PRESIDENT JOVENEL MOISE

    Moïse was assassinated after a group of unidentified people attacked his private residenceCredit: AP
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    INSECURITY AND POLITICAL INSTABILITY

    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.

    Joseph was slated to be replaced this week after only three months in the post.

    In addition to presidential, legislative and local elections, Haiti was due to have a constitutional referendum in September after it was twice postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRESIDENT ASSASSINATED 'BY FOREIGNERS WHO SPOKE ENGLISH AND SPANISH'

    "The president was assassinated at his home by foreigners who spoke English and Spanish," Prime Minister Joseph said.

  • Joseph Gamp

    INCREASE IN VIOLENCE AS PORT-AU-PRINCE GANGS BATTLE FOR CONTROL OF THE STREETS

    Port-au-Prince had been suffering an increase in violence as gangs battle one another and police for control of the streets.

    That violence was fueled by an increase in poverty and political instability. Moise has faced fierce protests since he took office as president in 2017, with the opposition accusing him this year of seeking to install a dictatorship by overstaying his mandate and becoming more authoritarian – charges he denied.

  • Joseph Gamp

    FIRST LADY TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AS A RESULT OF INJURIES

    Haiti's first lady, Martine Moise, has been taken to hospital as a result of the attack.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRIME MINISTER CLAUDE JOSEPH NOW IN CHARGE FOLLOWING ASSASSINATION

    Prime Minister Claude Joseph said he was now in charge of the country.

    Condemning the “inhumane and barbaric act”, Joseph called for calm, saying the police and the country’s armed forces had taken control of the security situation.

  • Joseph Gamp

    POLITICAL OPPONENTS

    In February, opposition politicians nominated their own president in an effort to drive out Moise whose five-year term had expired.

    Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, a judge, said that he accepted the nomination.

  • Joseph Gamp

    WATCH: HAITI PRESIDENT JOVENEL MOISE ASSASSINATED AFTER GUNMEN STORM HIS PALACE IN DEAD OF NIGHT

    Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated after gunmen storm his palace in dead of night

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRIME MINISTER'S STATEMENT

    The prime minister's statement said: “A group of individuals who have not been identified, some of whom were speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and fatally injured the Head of State."

  • Joseph Gamp

    HAITI PRESIDENT WAS MURDERED AT 1AM LOCAL TIME

    It has been reported that the President was killed at 1am and the first lady, Martine Moïse, was also injured in the attack.

  • Joseph Gamp

    PRESIDENT OF HAITI ASSASINATED

    THE President of Haiti has been assassinated, the Interim Prime Minister announced in a statement this morning.

    Claude Joseph said that a group of individuals stormed the private residence of President Jovenel Moise and shot him dead.

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