(RepublicanPress.org) – The island nation of Haiti has experienced more than its fair share of turmoil in the last few years. The country continues its recovery from a 2010 earthquake and a 2016 hurricane. Haitian President Jovenel Moïse recently came under fire with opponents claiming his five-year term of office ended in February, while his supporters claimed it ends in early 2022. Now, that argument is moot.
On Wednesday, June 7, a group of armed intruders raided Moïse’s home, assassinated him, and shot his wife. Léon Charles, the head of Haiti’s National Police force, told reporters that police officers shot and killed four suspects and arrested two others.
#UPDATE Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and his wife wounded in an attack at their home, the interim prime minister announced, an act that risks further destabilizing the Caribbean nation beset by gang violence and political volatility https://t.co/09snGSZAWQ pic.twitter.com/dibwKmtkte
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) July 7, 2021
Haitian law enforcement and military officials appear to be maintaining law and order. Haiti’s interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph is expected to lead the country for now.
Joseph told the Associated Press he asked the US government to help with the investigation, adding that some of the assassins may have escaped by sea or by crossing the border into the Dominican Republic.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a statement President Joe Biden to order the State Department to support the efforts by Haitian law enforcement officials to bring the assassins to justice. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) condemned the assassination and echoed Rubio’s call for a full investigation and “accountability for [Moïse’s] murder.”
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