Daily US Times: Jovenel Moïse, the president of Haiti, has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation’s capital, according to the interim prime minister of the impoverished Caribbean country.
Claude Joseph said the president Moïse’s in Port-au-Prince was stormed by unidentified armed men at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).
The president’s wife, First Lady Martine Moïse was injured in the attack.
“All measures had been taken to guarantee the continuity of the state”, Mr Joseph said.
He has now taken control of Haiti and has urged the public to remain calm.
Mr Joseph called the shooting of the president a “heinous, inhuman and barbaric act”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the UK tweeted that he was “shocked and saddened at the death of Mr Moïse”, calling it “an abhorrent act” and appealing for calm. The White House called the killing a “horrific crime”.
The neighbouring Dominican Republic ordered the “immediate closure” of its border with Haiti after the assassination took place.
The 53-year-old Jovenel Moïse had been in power since February 2017. His time in office was rocky as he was challenged by waves of often violent anti-government protests and faced accusations of corruption.
There were widespread demonstrations in the nation’s capital and other cities earlier this year, as people demanded his resignation.
Haiti’s opposition said that Mr Moïse’s five-year term in office should have ended on 7 February 2021, five years to the day since his predecessor, Michel Martelly, stepped down.