President of Haiti Assassinated in Midnight Home Invasion
An unknown group attacked the private residence of Mr. Moise
Haitian President Jovenel Moise has been assassinated during a home invasion, according to the country's interim prime minister.
An unknown group attacked the private residence of Mr. Moise and shot him dead, Claude Joseph said in a statement.
Haiti's First Lady Martine Moise is believed to be in the hospital.
Mr. Joseph called the killing a "hateful, inhumane and barbaric act" before adding:
"Democracy and the republic will win."
He added Haiti's National Police had the situation under control with officers deployed to the National Palace.
As Brietbart reported:
Moïse took over for predecessor Michel Martelly in the aftermath of the chaotic 2015 elections as a placeholder president.
Moïse insisted that his term began in 2017, thus making him legitimate president through 2022, but faced opposition who claimed that his term had expired by this year and branded him a dictator.
Opposition leaders attempted to install a parallel president, 72-year-old judge Joseph Mécène, in February, but Mécène has not received any international recognition and has not made any significant public pronouncements since allegedly becoming president.
In addition to pressure from opposition leaders to step down, Moïse faced mounting demands from Haitian business leaders to consider establishing relations with China.
Haiti is one of the few remaining nations in the world to recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty and maintain close ties to that country.
Under the Communist Party’s “One China” policy, Beijing does not maintain any diplomatic relations with countries that recognize Taiwan.
In an interview with Taiwan News published Wednesday, Haiti’s ambassador to Taiwan asserted that Moïse valued the bilateral relationship and had no intention of accepting lucrative Chinese loan offers to abandon Haiti’s relationship with Taiwan.
“Around one (1) o’clock in the morning, on the night of Tuesday July 6 to Wednesday July 7, 2021, a group of unidentified individuals, some of whom spoke in Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and thus mortally wounded the Head of State,” Joseph’s statement to the Haitian public read, according to the national outlet Haiti Libre.
“Wounded by gunshot, the First Lady is receiving the care that her situation requires.”