Haiti’s president is assassinated

Haiti’s president is assassinated

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Islam News – President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti was assassinated in an attack in the early hours of Wednesday at his home on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the prime minister said, and his wife was shot as well.

There was little solid information about who might have carried out the assassination, and points of entry to Haiti were shuttered as the authorities tried to hunt down the assailants. As millions of Haitians wondered what was to come, there was a sense that the crisis would deepen the turmoil of the past few months. Claude Joseph, the interim prime minister, said that he was running the country at the moment.

In recent months, the streets of Haiti have become filled with protests demanding the removal of Moïse. He had clung to power, ruling by decree for more than a year, with constitutional scholars contending that his term had expired.

Armed gangs control the streets and have taken to kidnapping even schoolchildren and church pastors. Poverty is on the rise. Experts warn the political vacuum could lead to violence.

Moïse had been pursuing a controversial rewrite of the Constitution. New changes would have granted him immunity for any actions and abolished the Senate, leaving a single legislative body.

Source: France 24