8 JULY 2021
Crisis in Haiti
PRESIDENT OF HAITI ASSASSINATED
“Saddened by the assassination of President Jovenel Moise and the attack on First Lady Martine Moise of Haiti. My condolences to the family of President Moise and the people of Haiti”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoles on the death of the President of Haiti.
On Wednesday, 7 July 2021 the President was heavily attacked and shot dead, his wife Martine was critically wounded by unidentified gunmen at his residence in the capital Port-au-Prince.
Jovenel Moise was elected as President in 2016 but he took office on 7 February, 2017 due to political tensions and deteriorating security situation in Haiti.
Moise’s tenure had been in dispute and he maintained that his office shall continue till 7 February, 2022, but the oppositions in Haiti rejected this and protested, demanding his resignation.
Moise had been ruling the poorest country in the caribbean without a Parliament since January, 2020.
Haiti has been gripped by increased gang violences, kidnappings and political violences in most parts of the country.
The assassination of the President has left the country in a turmoil which was already plagued by poverty, natural disasters and political instability.
The UN Special Representative for Haiti has acknowledged the legitimacy of Prime Minister Claude Joseph and welcomed his government’s commitment to hold the Presidential elections to be held on 26 September 2021 as scheduled by the late President Jovenel Moise.
Haiti is a founding member of the United Nations and has witnessed many coups d’etat in its history.