Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated at home, confirms interim Prime Minister. The assassination of the Haitian President has further inflicted more chaos on the unstable Caribbean country that was already enduring an escalation of gang violence, a recent surge in COVID-19 infections, and anti-government protests.
Gunmen assassinated the President of Haiti Jovenel Moise and wounded his wife in their home on July 7, 2021.
The incident has further inflicted more chaos on the unstable Caribbean country that was already enduring an escalation of gang violence, a recent surge in COVID-19 infections, and anti-government protests.
The interim Prime Minister of Haiti, Claude Joseph confirmed the killing of the President.
He also informed that the police and military were in control of security in Haiti, where a history of political upheaval and dictatorship has long prevented the consolidation of democratic rule.
Who was President Jovenel Moise?
Jovenel Moise, a former entrepreneur who set up a string of businesses in the north of Haiti, where he hails from, burst onto the political stage in 2017 with a message and promise of re-building the impoverished nation.
Moise had campaigned on populist pledges, as all the candidates in the country do, however, he kept up the rhetoric even after he was elected in February 2017.
Opposition against late President of Haiti:
The date of his election had become the source of the political stand-off. Moise had maintained that his term ran until February 7, 2022, but leaders in opposition had claimed that it ended on February 7, 2021, and were demanding him to step down.
The disagreements on the Presidential term stemmed from the fact that Moise was elected in a vote that was canceled for fraud and then re-elected a year later.
Without a Parliament, Haiti had fallen further into the crisis in 2020 which led to Jovenel Moise governing by decree, facilitating the growing mistrust against him.
The President was also accused of inaction by the opposition in the face of the multiple crisis.
Accused of seeking more power:
The leaders in opposition had accused Moise of seeking to increase his power, including by approving a decree that had limited the powers of the court that audits government contracts. Another one was the creation of an intelligence agency that answers only to the President.
The late President had faced large protests in recent months that had turned violent as the opposition leaders and their supporters rejected his plans of holding a constitutional referendum with the proposals that will strengthen his presidency.