The hometown of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse received his body on Friday for a private funeral amid heavy security following violent protests and fears of political volatility in the Caribbean nation. Moïse was shot several times on July 7 during an attack at his private home that seriously injured his wife, Martine. The funeral comes days after a new prime minister supported by key international diplomats was installed in Haiti.
A group of 28 foreign mercenaries, including retired Colombian soldiers, assassinated Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse earlier this week, police say. After a gun battle in the capital Port-au-Prince, 17 were detained, some at the house they were using, others after entering Taiwan’s diplomatic compound. Three suspects were killed by police and eight are still being sought. It is still unclear who organized the attack and with what motive.
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse has been killed and his wife injured in an attack on their home in the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Unidentified gunmen stormed the property at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT), interim PM Claude Joseph said. Mr Moïse had led Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the world, since 2017 but had faced widespread protests demanding his resignation.
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise struck a combative note on Thursday in his first address since violent protests flared in the capital, defying calls for his ouster but urging dialogue to address soaring inflation and alleged misuse of funds. Thousands of demonstrators have been calling for days for Moise to resign and for an independent probe into the whereabouts of funds from the PetroCaribe agreement, an alliance between Caribbean countries and Venezuela. The protests, which have reportedly killed several people and injured many others, have highlighted widespread anxieties about the state of the economy, amid ballooning inflation and people’s struggle to pay for basic necessities.
The Haitian government suspended a fuel price hike on Saturday after deadly violence broke out in protest. Protests continued on Sunday for a third day despite the reversal. The US Embassy in Haiti warned its citizens to stay inside amid continuing protests. The State Department expressed its ‘deepest condolences’ to those affected by the violence.