BREAKING: Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated


Haiti President, Jovenel Moise, has been assassinated at his private residence by a group of armed individuals.

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the president’s home in Port-au-Prince was stormed by “foreigners who spoke English and Spanish,” at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT) on Wednesday.

First Lady Martine Moïse was also injured in the attack.

Joseph described the shooting of the president a “heinous, inhuman and barbaric act,” adding that “all measures had been taken to guarantee the continuity of the state”.

He has now taken control of the impoverished Caribbean nation, and has urged the public to remain calm.

Moise has been ruling Haiti by decree, after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed in the wake of disputes.

Chronic instability, dictatorships and natural disasters have left Haiti as one of the poorest nations in the Americas.

An earthquake in 2010 killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and the economy.

A UN peacekeeping force was put in place in 2004 to help stabilise the country, and only withdrew in 2017.

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