In breaking news, Haitian Police have confirmed that they have killed four of the alleged gunmen responsible for the assassination of president, Jovenel Moise, late Wednesday.
A group of “mercenaries” held a few Haitian police officers in hostage earlier that day.
Police have stated that two other gunmen have been arrested in connection to the assassination.
So far, the police have not provided any information on the two captured gunman and state that the officers held hostage have been set free.
What Happened to President Moise?
A group of unidentified gunmen assassinated Haitian president, Jovenel Moise, and wounded his wife early Wednesday morning.
Interim Prime Minister, Claude Joseph, has assumed leadership of the country since the attack. He has also confirmed to The Associated Press that First Lady Martine Moise is now in the hospital where she is currently being treated for her injuries.
In the meantime, Joseph has called for an international investigation into the assassination. He assures the public that order will prevail and that the police and army will keep Haitian citizens safe. Yet despite his assurances, Haitians were still filled with anxiety on who would take over.
Moise’s death comes against a backdrop of political instability, soaring inflation, and gang violence. The 2018 elections were delayed in the wake of disputes, including when his term would end. Protests by opposition supporters accused Moise of increasing authoritarianism. According to CNN, Moise said that “his five-year term should end in 2022 — a stance backed by the United States, United Nations and Organization of American States.”
What is Happening in Haiti?
Meanwhile, Covid-19 is still spiking in Haiti, creating many “serious security concerns”, according to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. And Haiti is currently experiencing poverty like no other country. 60% of the population is currently living in poverty.
Criminal violence has also been a big issue for the Caribbean country. There have been many targeted attacks on police and civilians in the state’s capital, Port-au-Prince.
In a statement from the main opposition parties in Haiti, they express how dismayed they are about the killing.
“In this painful circumstance, the political forces of the opposition condemn with utmost rigor this heinous crime that is at odds with democratic principles.”
While Haiti remains in turmoil, t is still unclear who the next president will be.