The President of Haiti was assassinated and the U.S. closed the embassy

Haitian President Jovenal Moise was assassinated in his private home early on Wednesday (July 7) . The gunman's identity is unknown. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph (Claude Joseph) condemned this "inhuman barbarity." The U.S. Embassy was closed on the same day.

Joseph said in a statement that a group of unidentified people attacked Moise’s home at around 1 am, leaving the head of state fatally traumatized. He added that the first lady of Haiti was also shot and is receiving medical treatment.

The Prime Minister condemned the “inhumane barbarity” and called on people to remain calm.

Reuters reported that the impoverished Caribbean country was facing a surge of political violence at the time of the attack. With the country’s political divisions, Haiti is facing a growing humanitarian crisis and food shortages, and thousands of people have been displaced. People fear that there will be widespread chaos.

As gangs fight to control the streets and police fight each other, violence in Port-au-Princ has been increasing.

"The security situation in the country is under the control of the Haitian National Police and the Haitian Armed Forces. All measures are being taken to protect the country and ensure the continued operation of the country." The statement added: "The capital is full of gunshots."

Moiz has faced fierce protests since he took office as president in 2017. The opposition this year accused him of trying to establish a dictatorship through "extended service" and increasing dictatorship. He denied these allegations.

Moise is 53 years old. The former banana exporter has engaged in political battles with the opposition over his presidency for most of the past year.

Moise said his five-year term should end in 2022. This statement was supported by the United States, the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

The opposition believes that he should step down on February 7 this year, on the grounds that the constitution stipulates that the president will start counting once he is elected, not when he takes office (from the beginning).
On May 24, 2021 (Monday), Ecuador’s new President Guillermo Lasso held an inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Quito, Ecuador. The Haitian President Jovenel Moise (center), who came to attend the ceremony, left afterwards. The Interim Prime Minister of Haiti announced on July 7, 2021 that President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his home early that morning and the first lady was also injured. (Johis Alarcon/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

U.S. Embassy closed

The U.S. Embassy in Haiti said in a statement that it will be closed on Wednesday due to "continuing security issues."

On June 30, the United States condemned what it described as systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms and attacks on the press in Haiti, and urged the government to crack down on gangs and the spread of violence.

The Commissioner of the National Police, Leon Charles, said in a press conference on June 30 that at least 15 people had been killed the night before. This was apparently in revenge against the police union member Gailby Gefla. The murder of Guerby Geffrard. Two of the victims were journalists.

The U.S. Embassy in Haiti said on Twitter: “The United States is deeply concerned about the loss of life caused by gang violence and the general sense of insecurity.”

"Violence, corruption and impunity have hindered Haiti's development goals and the Haitian people's desire for a better life. It has been too long," the statement said.

The President of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, held an emergency meeting on the situation in Haiti earlier on Wednesday, but has not yet issued a statement.
The full text of the statement by the interim prime minister

A copy of the Haitian Acting (Interim) Prime Minister Claude Joseph's statement on the president's assassination circulated on social media.

The Haiti Embassy in Canada reposted the government bulletin on its official Twitter account and said in subsequent tweets that it felt "very sad" after confirming the death of the president. The embassy also said: "The first lady is injured and is receiving necessary care. We extend our condolences to the president's family and the whole country."

On July 7, 2021, members of the army rode motorcycles through an empty street near the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince, the underwater capital. The Interim Prime Minister of Haiti announced on the same day that President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his home early that morning and the first lady was also injured. (VALERIE BAERISWYL/AFP via Getty Images)

This is a translation of the full text of the press release of the Haitian Prime Minister Joseph.

"From the evening of July 6th (Tuesday) to July 7th (Wednesday) at about 1 am, a group of unidentified people (some of whom speak Spanish) attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic, causing the head of state to suffer. Fatally wounded. The first lady was shot and is receiving necessary medical treatment."

"Interim Prime Minister Dr. Claude Joseph and CSPN condemned this heinous and inhumane barbarity and called on everyone to remain calm. The security situation in the country is under the control of the Haitian National Police and the Haitian Armed Forces."

"All measures are being taken to ensure the continued operation of the country and to protect the country."

"Democracy and the Republic will win." The statement said.
White House Press Secretary: Assassinating the President of Haiti is a "terrible crime"

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise a "horrible crime" and promised that the Biden administration will stand with the Haitian people.

"This is a terrible crime. Many of them woke up this morning and heard the news. We are very sorry for the loss they have suffered, and we are ready to support them and provide them with any assistance they need." Saki said on CNN's "New Day" program.

"We are still learning the details, we are still learning the specific situation. Of course, our embassy will maintain close contact with the State Council." She said.

"This is a tragedy." Pousaki said: "It is important that we stand with them and let the people of Haiti know this."

This article will be updated...

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