Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph called on citizens on Thursday to hand over the suspects who killed President Jovinel Mois to the police and not to lynch them under siege across the country.
Hundreds of residents clamored outside a police station in the capital Port-au-Prince, where the suspects were detained, shouting “burn them” and set fire to vehicles they believed to be assassins.
Haitian police arrested and Shot four people The Haitian police chief said at a television news conference on Thursday that he was suspected of assassinating President Jovenel Moise and was looking for the mastermind behind the operation.
At least two suspects are believed to be at large.
Police Chief Leon Charles described the murderer as a “mercenary” and stated that the security forces had engaged in a fierce gun battle with the suspected assassin. Six suspects were detained and three bodies were retrieved late at night. The police began a large number of patrols in the area from early Thursday.
“We have physical authors, and now we are looking for knowledge authors,” Charles said.
The identity and details of the gunman are still emerging. The Haitian election minister told the Associated Press that one of the arrested men was a Haitian-American citizen named James Solach. The US State Department could not confirm whether there were US citizens among the arrested.
The 53-year-old President Moise is Killed in his private home In the early morning of July 7, a group of well-trained killers opened a political vacuum while Moiz and other civil leaders were preparing for elections and discussing changes to the Haitian constitution.
Moise was elected in 2016 with 600,000 votes out of less than 6.1 million votes and was sworn in as president in 2017.The opposition party has stated that Moise’s term should have ended in February five years after his predecessor stepped down, and stated that he was Trying to keep power According to the decree. Moise had argued that his term of office was extended to 2022.
With a population of 11 million, Haiti is the poorest country in the Americas, with 4 million people living in hunger, and it is widely distributed Gang violence And the armed groups that control large areas of the country, including many communities in the Haitian capital. It faces the COVID pandemic and suffers from political instability.
Moise appointed Joseph Ariel Henry’s replacement prime minister on July 5, and he was forming a new government at the time of the assassination. Henry did not take the oath of office and challenged Joseph’s legitimacy.
According to the Haitian Constitution, Moise should be replaced by the President of the Supreme Court of Haiti, but the Chief Justice’s death due to COVID-19 in recent days has left the question of who can legally replace the office.
The UN Special Envoy for Haiti said on Thursday that until the elections, Prime Minister Joseph will continue to be the leader of the Caribbean countries because she urged all parties to put aside their differences after the assassination of President Giovinel Mois.
The UN Special Envoy for Haiti, Helen La Lime, said at a virtual media briefing in New York: “Stakeholders need to put aside their differences, formulate a common path forward, and overcome this difficult moment in a peaceful way.”
She said that Joseph assured La Lime that the election is expected to be held on September 26 and the second round will be held in November this year.
La Lime says Security Council discussion Thursday focused on Haiti’s request for additional security assistance.
The UN peacekeeping operation began in 2004 when the then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was overthrown by the rebellion and ended in 2019, and the country is still in chaos.
Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, Bocchit Edmond, told MSNBC News on Thursday that in the “political vacuum” following the assassination of Moise, Prime Minister Joseph is taking action to “ensure the continuity of the country”.
Edmund said that Haiti asked the United States to assist in the investigation and provide security guarantees. The US State Department said it is responding to requests for investigation assistance.
The first lady of Haiti, Martin Moise, was injured in the attack and was airlifted to an American hospital in Florida for treatment.
On Thursday, the land border between Haiti and the neighboring Dominican Republic and the Port-au-Prince airport remained closed. National emergency Joseph announced.
Public transportation and street vendors are scarce, which is an unusual sight for the usual bustling streets of Port-au-Prince.
39-year-old Marco Destin is walking to visit his family because there are no buses, which are called Tap-tap buses. He brought them a loaf of bread because they have not left their homes since the president was killed for fear of their lives.
“Everyone in the family sleeps with one eye closed,” he said. “If the head of state is not protected, I won’t get any protection.”
Destin said that Haiti has always been a complicated country and he is not sure what will happen in the coming days. “Haiti does not know where it is going now,” he said. “To be honest, I don’t know what the solution is. The power struggle has always existed.”