In a sudden turn of events, Haiti’s head of the State, President Jovenel Moïse was killed at his home last night, while his wife was also wounded and is now under critical care.
Currently, the local police have already killed four ‘mercenaries’ they claim were behind the assassination and have also taken two more into custody.
The Interim PM, Dr. Claude Joseph condemned the killing and has called it a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,” adding that Haiti’s National Police and other authorities had the situation in the Caribbean country under control.
Haiti has been known to have been troubled with a disturbing past and political situation, mostly over internal strives. Apparently, the situation had not been too good under Moïse’s rule. The population of 11 million people was quite troubled under his leadership as well. The killing seems to have been a result of gang wars in Haiti.
The country’s recovery since the earthquake in 2010 and subsequent hurricane in 2016 has not happened. Inflation has been at its peak with rations and fuel at scarce levels.
Moïse had been enjoying dictatorial rule, holding the political position by decree for more than two years after the country failed to hold elections, which led to Parliament being dissolved.
The opposition had always been against his leadership, accusing him of working towards increasing his power, instead of looking after the good of the country. The approved decree only meant a limiting of the powers of a court that audits government contracts and another that created an intelligence agency that answers only to the president.
He had continued to hold office despite his term coming to an end in February and had refused to step down, despite repeated requests by the opposition.
Public clashes over the dilapidated economic situation and political mayhem could be seen in the country. Though unfortunate, but his death could mean new and positive leadership for the country, after all.