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Haiti President Jovenel Moise assassinated, interim PM says

Haitian President Jovenel Moises speaks to the press in Port-au-Prince on October 17, 2019, (Valerie Baeriswyl / AFP)
Haitian President Jovenel Moises speaks to the press in Port-au-Prince on October 17, 2019, (Valerie Baeriswyl / AFP)

Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his home early this morning by a group of armed individuals, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph announces.

Joseph says he is now in charge of the country.

Moise’s injured wife is in the hospital, according to Joseph, who urges the public to remain calm, and insists the police and army will ensure the population’s safety.

“The president was assassinated at his home by foreigners who spoke English and Spanish,” Joseph says.

Moise had been ruling Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, by decree, after legislative elections due in 2018 were delayed in the wake of disputes, including on when his own term ends.

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