First Lady Martine Moise was hurt in the “barbaric” incident and is in the hospital, according to Joseph’s statement, which was released through the country’s embassy in Canada on Wednesday morning.
According to Joseph, some of the assailants spoke Spanish, hinting that they were foreigners. According to him, the Haitian National Police and other officials are striving to maintain order. According to the Associated Press, some stores were ransacked in one area.
In addition to the pandemic and a failing economy, Haiti was dealing with a constitutional power struggle resulting from a sham election that saw Moise sworn in only 15 months after a first-round vote. As a result, he announced that his five-year tenure would finish in February 2022, despite the fact that the opposition claimed his term ended in February.
Since January 2020, when parliamentary terms expired without elections, Moise, 53, has ruled by decree. The opposition claimed he was amassing power illegally and enacting legislation that were against the constitution. Moise answered by declaring that he was “not a dictator.”
Moises named Henry Ariel as Prime Minister this week, though he hasn’t actually assumed the position yet, and Claude Joseph is still operating as interim Prime Minister.
Andrew Holness, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, was among the first to condemn the act. In a tweet, he stated, “This horrific act is a stain on Haiti and a sorrowful period for the region.”
For decades, Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, has fought for political stability. Because of its proximity to the United States, the country’s prolonged upheaval is a test for President Joe Biden in the area. The assassination of Moise also raises the risk of a new round of bloodshed on the Caribbean island.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told MSNBC that Biden’s national security staff will tell him on the “horrific” attack this morning.
She told CNN separately, “We stand ready and we stand by them to provide any assistance that is needed.”