Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has been assassinated in an attack on his home, according to a statement from the country’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph on Wednesday.
Interim Premier Claude Joseph said, a group of unidentified individuals attacked Moïse’s private residence overnight on Wednesday and shot him dead.
He called the killing a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act”.
It was gathered that First Lady Martine Moïse was shot in the attack and was hospitalised.
“The country’s security situation is under the control of the National Police of Haiti and the Armed Forces of Haiti,” Joseph said in a statement from his office. “Democracy and the republic will win.”
Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, was already in a precarious political situation before the assassination, having grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Moïse.
Moïse, who was 53, ruled by decree for more than two years after the country failed to hold elections and the opposition demanded his resignation in recent months.
In the early hours of Wednesday, the streets were largely empty in the Caribbean nation’s capital of Port-au-Prince, but some people ransacked businesses in one area.
After the attack, gunshots could be heard throughout the capital.