The interim prime minister said that Moise was attacked by an unidentified gunman at his home, was assassinated, and his wife was wounded.
The Interim Prime Minister of Haiti announced that Haitian President Yorvernell Mois was attacked at his home, assassinated and his wife was injured.
Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said a group of unidentified gunmen attacked Moise’s private residence on Wednesday night and shot him to death.
Joseph said that he is now in charge of this country and urges the public to remain calm while insisting that the police and military will ensure the safety of the people.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas. It was already in an unstable political situation before the assassination, and became increasingly unstable and dissatisfied under the leadership of Moise.
After the country failed to hold elections and the opposition asked him to resign in recent months, the 53-year-old Moise was ruled by decree for more than two years.
The assassination may further destabilize the Caribbean countries.
The following are the latest updates:
Dominican Republic closes Haitian border after assassination
After Moise was assassinated, the government of the neighboring Dominican Republic ordered the “immediate closure” of its border with Haiti.
Sennet Sanchez, the communications officer of the Ministry of Defense, told AFP that the border closure took effect immediately.
Colombia urges OAS to send mission to Haiti
Colombian President Ivan Duque called on the Organization of American States to send an urgent mission to Haiti to “protect the democratic order” after President Giovinel Mois was assassinated overnight.
Duke wrote on Twitter: “We reject the malicious assassination of Haitian President Giovinel Moys.” “This is a brutal and cowardly act against the entire Haitian people.”
The United States condemns “horrible” killings
The United States condemned the killing as “terrible” and expressed its readiness to assist in any investigation.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, “We will help the Haitian people and the Haitian government in any way”, adding that President Joe Biden will be briefed on the incident soon.