Caribbean country Haiti’s President Jovenal Mosse was assassinated at his home on Wednesday. According to the police, four suspected attackers in the President’s assassination case were gunned down by the security forces while two have been taken into custody. Police Chief Leon Charles said, the remaining attackers will also be in the custody of the police soon.
Moses was 53 years old. According to the BBC report, some unidentified gunmen broke into President Mose’s house in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince at 1 pm local time on Wednesday and shot and killed Mose. Martine Mosse, the First Lady of Haiti and wife of President Jovenel Mosse, was also injured in the attack. He was taken to Florida for treatment. His condition is said to be stable.
Police Chief Charles said in a televised address on Wednesday, “Four attackers were killed by security forces while two are in our custody.” The condition of the three policemen who were taken hostage is also stable now. After the attackers left the President’s house, there was an encounter with the police on the way.
Mosse became the President of Haiti in 2017. Recently, there were fierce protests demanding his resignation. Coup, political instability, gang war violence and natural disasters have made Haiti one of the poor countries.
The country’s interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has declared emergency. Joseph said the attackers were foreigners who knew English and Spanish. The official languages of Haiti are Creole and French. Several reports said some of the men were dressed in black and pretended to be from the US Drug Enforcement Agency. However, no official information has been revealed about this yet.
Haiti’s ambassador to the US, Bochit Edmund, said the attack was not carried out by US drug agents. He said that this attack was done by giving betel nut. Edmund later told Reuters news agency that the attackers would have posed as a US agent when they entered the president’s home.
Jovenal Mosse was facing corruption charges. Earlier this year, there were protests against him in many cities including the capital. Parliamentary elections were to be held in October 2019 but due to controversies the election got delayed. Moses remained in office by decree.
In February this year, when opposition parties demanded that Mosey be removed from office, there was a failed attempt to assassinate him on the same day.
Haiti has a population of 11 million, of which 60 percent live below the poverty line. The 2010 earthquake killed 2 lakh people in Haiti and caused great damage to the country’s economy and infrastructure.
In 2004, the United Nations sent a peacekeeping mission to Haiti to establish stability and peace. In the year 2017, the UN delegation returned from Haiti but the instability there is not taking its name.