BREAKING: The President of Haiti has been assassinated in an armed attack on their house with his wife also wounded in the attack

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President of Haiti Jovenal Moise ‘is assassinated by gunmen in nighttime raid on his home’

  • Group of gunmen broke into Moise’s residence in Port-au-Prince, according to a statement from the prime minister published in full by local broadcaster Juno7

  • Moise, 53, was shot dead and his wife Martine was also wounded in the attack

  • PM Claude Joseph claimed the security situation in Haiti remained in hand

  • Comes amid claims Moise was hanging onto power and becoming a dictator

The President of Haiti Jovenel Moise has been assassinated in a nighttime raid on his private residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince, according to the prime minister.

A group of ‘foreigners’, some of whom spoke English and Spanish, broke into Mr Moise’s home at around 1am on Wednesday, PM Claude Joseph said in a statement.

The 53-year-old was shot dead and the First Lady Martine, 47, was also injured in the attack, Mr Joseph wrote as he condemned the ‘hateful, inhumane and barbaric act.’

Mr Joseph said he had taken charge of the country and the police and armed forces were taking ‘all measures to guarantee the continuity of the State and protect the Nation.’

It comes after Mr Moise claimed police had foiled an assassination plot in February amid massive protests in the country over claims the president was acting like a dictator and refusing to hold elections.

 

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