Port-au-Prince, Haiti: Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph reported that Haiti President Jovenel Moise was slain at his house early Wednesday morning by a gang of armed individuals.
Joseph said that he was now the ruler of the kingdom.
According to Joseph, Moise’s injured wife is in the hospital, and he begged the public to remain calm, insisting that the police and army would secure the population’s safety.
Dominican Republic shut its borders
The Dominican Republic on Wednesday shuttered its border with Haiti after the assassination of the neighboring country’s president, Jovenel Moise.
The countries share a 380-kilometer (240-mile) border on the island of Hispaniola, and defense ministry spokesman Ceinett Sanchez told AFP its closure would be “immediate.”
Dominican President Luis Abinader condemned the killing, saying on Twitter the crime “undermines the democratic order in Haiti and the region.”
He offered condolences to the family of Moise and his wife Martine, who was wounded, and to the Haitian people.
Local media said Abinader had summoned military leaders to analyze the situation on the island.
Martine Moise was taken to the hospital.
World leaders react to the unexpected assassination of the statesman.
Following the death of Haitian President Jovenel Moise at his residence, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed horror and called for calm.
“I am shocked and saddened at the death of President Moise,” Johnson said on Twitter, sending condolences to Haiti. “This is an abhorrent act and I call for calm at this time.”
The European Union
European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Wednesday said he was “shocked” by the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise and warned it could further destabilize the Caribbean nation.
“This crime poses a risk of instability and a spiral of violence. The perpetrators of this assassination must be found and brought to justice,” Borrell wrote on Twitter.
France on Wednesday condemned the “cowardly assassination” of Haiti president Jovenel Moise, urging restraint and calm in the Caribbean nation in the wake of his killing.
“All light must be shed on this crime, which takes place in a political and security climate that has severely worsened,” said Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. “I urge all those in Haitian politics to act with calm and restraint,” he added.
US President Joe Biden said Wednesday he was “shocked” by the assassination of Haiti’s president and that “a lot” more information is needed.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the horrific assassination of President Jovenel Moise and the attack on First Lady Martine Moise,” Biden said in a statement.
“We condemn this heinous act and I am sending my sincere wishes for First Lady Moise’s recovery,” he added.
Speaking to reporters as he left for a trip to Chicago, Biden called the incident “very worrisome” and said, “we need a lot more information.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the killing by still unidentified assailants was a “horrific attack” and said, “we will be helpful in any way to the people of Haiti, to the government of Haiti if there’s an investigation.”
The White House was “still gathering information,” she told MSNBC television.