The general secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Wednesday condemned what it considers “a political assassination” in Haiti. “We call to put an end to an irresponsible policy that threatens to derail democratic progress and the future of the country,” Almagro said, just before presiding over an emergency meeting of the Permanent Council of that body to agree on a response to the murder of the Haitian president. Jovenel Moïse at his residence.
For Almagro, this murder is “an attempt to undermine the institutional stability of the country.” In February, Almagro expressly supported Moïse in a wave of street protests against his administration. According to the opposition, Moïse’s term ended in February, but he insisted that he could actually hold the position until next year.
– Luis Almagro (@ Almagro_OEA2015) July 7, 2021
The OAS accepted the latter, on the condition that there be free and transparent elections and that respect for human rights be improved. Almagro has also recommended the adoption of a new Constitution, a project that was promoted by Moïse, so that “democratic structural changes are carried out in Haiti.”
Condolences from Biden
For his part, the president of the United States, Joe Biden, expressed his shock at the murder of Moïse and said he needs more information before announcing a formal response. “We are shocked and saddened by the horrific assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and the attack on First Lady Martine Moïse in Haiti,” Biden said in a statement. «The United States offers its condolences to the people of Haiti, and we are ready to help as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti », He said.
In 1994 the United States led an invasion of Haiti to bring down the military regime installed by a 1991 coup that had overthrown the then president. Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The invasion reinstated Aristide. In 2004, Aristide fell into another coup, and this time President George W. Bush sent troops on a mission he described as “stabilizing the country.” Aristide later denounced from exile that it was Washington who orchestrated and executed his downfall, something that the White House denied.
In May, Biden offered some 150,000 Haitians who were threatened with deportation a method of staying legally in the US, having left their country mainly because of the 2010 earthquake, but also because of other catastrophes and crises.