May 30, 2024

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The president of Haiti is shot dead at his home

Haitian President Jovnell Moss, 53, was shot dead by gunmen on Wednesday as he stormed his home in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince Belor, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph confirmed.

Joseph said Martin Moss, the first woman to receive medical treatment, was shot dead in the attack, which occurred at 1:00 a.m. (local time in Haiti).

Describing the president’s death as “a heinous, inhuman and barbaric act”, the caretaker Prime Minister confirmed that “the security of the country is under control” and that “all measures have been taken to ensure the continuity and security of the state.” Nation “.

Joseph declared a state of siege and asked the people to remain silent.

The streets of Port-au-Prince, the capital of the poorest country on the American continent, were virtually empty, although there were some robberies.

“Democracy and republic will win,” Joseph said.

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The assassination comes two months before a call for presidential and legislative elections next September 26, in which Moss could not be a candidate.

The president has been in power since 2017, and for more than two years the country has not held elections in 2018, prompting opposition parties to resign in recent months.

Moss called for a referendum on the same day as the elections to approve a new constitution, which did not have the support of the opposition or the international community.

Haitian President Jovnell Moyes speaks during an interview on February 7, 2020, at his home in Passionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.AP Photo / Dieu Nalio Chery

Dominican Republican leader Louis Abinader has condemned the attack, announcing the closure of Haiti’s common border and holding an emergency meeting with the country’s top command, according to various media reports.

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France has condemned the “cowardly murder” of Moss, a country that has joined forces with Mexico, Colombia, Bolivia and Cuba.

The White House said it was a “horrible” and “tragic” act, and that President Joe Biden would be notified throughout the day, his spokesman Jen Zaki told the MSNBC channel.

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Haiti has been experiencing a strong political crisis since mid-2018, enjoying its worst moment on February 7, when Moss denounced plotting with the support of opposition judges.

At the same time, Haiti faces a deeper security crisis, particularly exacerbated by regional struggles between armed groups fighting to control the poorer parts of Port-au-Prince since early June.

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Haiti’s economic, political and social problems have recently been exacerbated by gang violence, inflation and food and fuel shortages in the capital. The country where 60% of the population earns less than two dollars a day. These problems have come as the country struggles to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

Moss was born on June 26, 1968, in Drew to the North East of Haiti. The son of a mechanic and farmer and a tailor, he moved with his family to the country’s capital in 1974, where he attended high school. Hosted by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, at the Cultural Center of the Twentieth and Canadian Hottian Schools.

He studied academic science at the University of Quiscua, and in 1996 he moved to Port-au-Prince, the capital of the Northwest Territory, where he founded Jomar Auto Parts, which soon dedicated a 10-hectare farm to banana cultivation.

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On September 15, 2015, the ruling Haitian party Ted Kale (Ph.D.

In the first round of the October 2015 presidential election, Moss was the highest-voting candidate with 32.76% of the vote, and he, along with Jude Celestine, moved to the Alternative League for Progress and Liberation of Haiti (LAPEH) for the second round of December, gaining 25.29%. But there were complaints of massive fraud in his favor, which forced the adjournment of the election to reconsider the results.

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After the results went invalid, he won the presidential election with 55.60% of the vote in the first round in November 2016, and released interim Jocelyn Brivert as head of state.

Moss has been married to former classmate Mary Martin Etienne Joseph since 1996.

EFE and Andhra.