The President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, has been killed in an attack perpetrated this Wednesday at dawn against his private residence and in which the first lady has also been shot, as reported by the interim prime minister, Claude Joseph. In the statement, Joseph has reported that the private residence of the president was attacked around 1:00 am (local time) by “a group of unidentified individuals”, including “several who they spoke spanish». The first lady was also injured in the attack.
Joseph has condemned this act “hateful, inhuman and barbarous” and has called the population “to calm down.” “The security situation in the country is under the control of the National Police and the Armed Forces,” said the interim prime minister, who is confident that “democracy and the Republic will overcome” this escalation of tensions.
Spain condemns the murder
The president of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, on Wednesday condemned the assassination of the president of Haiti and called for unity in the country to overcome the crisis in which it is immersed.
“Spain firmly condemns the assassination of the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise,” Sánchez wrote in a message on Twitter, transferring his condolences to his family and the solidarity of Spain “with the Haitian people.”
«We appeal to the unity of political forces to find a way out of the serious crisis that the country is experiencing ”, demanded the Prime Minister, who is currently on an official trip to Lithuania.
Spain strongly condemns the assassination of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse. Our condolences to his family and our solidarity with the Haitian people. We call on the unity of the political forces to find a way out of the serious crisis that the country is experiencing
– Pedro Sánchez (@sanchezcastejon) July 7, 2021
The US calls the attack a “tragedy”
The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, he has called the attack a “tragedy.” “It is a horrifying crime,” he lamented in statements to CNN.
“We are prepared to offer help if necessary, it is important that the people of Haiti know it,” he said before clarifying that the president, Joe Biden, you will be informed by your security team throughout the day.
Colombia rejects the “vile murder”
The President of Colombia, Ivan Duque, also condemned the murder in a message on Twitter, rejecting the “vile murder” committed by this armed gang. Likewise, he has expressed solidarity with the Haitian people: “Our solidarity with the sister nation and the family of a great friend of Colombia.”
In addition, he has published another tweet below in which they say they support “institutions and democracy”, and request “the Organization of American States (OAS) a urgent mission to protect the democratic order.
We reject the vile assassination of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise. It is a cowardly and barbaric act against the entire Haitian people. Our solidarity with the sister nation and the family of a great friend from Colombia. (1/2)
– Iván Duque 🇨🇴 (@IvanDuque) July 7, 2021
The Venezuelan opposition joins the condemnation
The president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, has shown solidarity with the Haitian people and has “repudiated the murder” by this same social network. He has also made mention of support provided by Haiti to their “democratic cause.”
We repudiate the murder of Pdte. From Haiti Jovenel Moise. We are in solidarity with the people of Haiti and we accompany them in this difficult time. We do not forget Haiti’s support for our democratic cause. https://t.co/HNZdfmhSV1
– Juan Guaidó (@jguaido) July 7, 2021
The UN, shocked
The UN Security Council has also expressed its dismay at “the assassination this Wednesday of the Haitian president, Jovenel Moise,” declared the French ambassador. Nicolás de Rivière, acting president of the body.
“Council members are deeply shocked by the assassination of President Moise that took place early this day in Port-au-Prince and concerned about the fate of the first lady, Martine Moise, who was also shot and wounded in the attack, “he said.
According to several ambassadors, an emergency meeting could soon be organized to discuss the situation.
More leaders join the condemnation
The president of the neighbor Dominican RepublicLuis Abinader has not been slow to condemn the “assassination” of the Haitian president. “This crime undermines the democratic order of Haiti and the region,” he said. “Our condolences to his relatives and the Haitian people,” he stressed.
The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has lamented the attack and has sent a “hug to the Haitian people” during a press conference. “We are very sorry, (…) Moise was at the inauguration ceremony when I assumed the Presidency of Mexico,” he recalled.
For his part, the Head of State of Chile, Sebastian PiñeraHe has rejected what he considers a “cowardly murder” and has sent his “solidarity and condolences” to his family and the entire country. In a message on Twitter, he called for “unity and peace” to “strengthen democracy and find a serious way out of the crisis that Haiti is going through.”
We reject the cowardly assassination of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse.
Our solidarity and condolences to his family and all the people of Haiti.
We call for unity and peace to strengthen democracy and find a way out of the serious crisis that Haiti is going through.
– Sebastian Piñera (@sebastianpinera) July 7, 2021
In turn, the Bolivian president, Luis Arce, has also expressed his regret after hearing the news and has emphasized that “these acts of violence must be clarified.”
Also the president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, has joined the convictions after the “vile murder” of Moise, which it has considered as “an inhuman, cowardly and barbaric act”, while it has conveyed its “most sincere condolences” to the family and the Haitian people to convey that “Ecuador is with Haiti in these difficult times.”
The President of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, has regretted “deeply” and has condemned “strongly” the death of Moise, to join the “call for peace”, while the Peruvian president, Francisco Sagasti, has regretted that “these events mourn our region and must not go unpunished.”