“Saddened by the dramatic daily events in Haiti,” the “Gone Till November” musician tweeted on Wednesday (July 7). “The assassination of @moisejovenel is an attack on the institution of the presidency & is a tragedy! My prayers r with his family & 4 my Haitian brothers & sisters who are the daily victims of this chaotic situation.”
After years of civil unrest and protests declaring Moïse’s resignation, the president of Haiti was killed in a “highly coordinated attack by a highly trained and heavily armed group” of men who raided his Port-au-Prince home in the wee hours of the morning.
His wife, First Lady Martine Moïse, was struck amid the incident and is currently being treated for gunshot wounds, Prime Minister Claude Joseph said in a statement.
Following the “heinous, inhuman and barbaric act,” Haitian officials declared a “state of siege.” The country’s national borders are now closed, and military and national police will enforce martial law. Joseph also called for citizens to remain calm in the aftermath of the fatal shooting.
“Me and all the ministers have been working since the news broke, and we want to assure you we will bring the killers of the president to justice,” he said. “Please stay calm and let the authorities do their work. We don’t want the country to plunge into chaos. This is a very sad day for our nation and for our people.”
Since the country’s president of the Supreme Court passed away from COVID-19, Joseph will temporarily take over for Moïse. However, he must be approved by Haiti’s parliament before he can formally become the country’s president.
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