The assassination of the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, this Wednesday (7) generated a commotion in the international community and calls for the country to maintain political unity at this critical moment.
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) condemned the “political murder” and said the case is an “attempt to undermine the country’s institutional stability.” The OAS also described the incident as “an affront to the entire community of democratic nations” in the region.
“We condemn in the strongest terms the assassination of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, a criminal act that took place at dawn today,” the statement declared. “Disagreements and disagreements are part of a vigorous and solid system of government. Political assassinations have no place in a democracy. We call for an end to an irresponsible policy that threatens to derail democratic advances and the future of the country,” the official statement added.
Finally, the OAS expressed its “solidarity with the Haitian people at this difficult time” in the face of this “attempt to undermine the country’s institutional stability.”
Repercussion among country leaders
One of the first to speak out was Luis Abinader, president of the Dominican Republic, neighboring Haiti. “This crime violates the democratic order of Haiti and the region. Our condolences to their families and the Haitian people,” Abinader said in a Twitter message. In light of the incident, Abinader ordered the closure of the four border crossings with Haiti and ordered the strengthening of surveillance in the area, according to an official from the Specialized Corps of Land Border Security (Cesfront).
Colombian President Iván Duque, who recently escaped unharmed from a shooting attack on his helicopter, rejected the assassination, calling it “a cowardly and barbaric act against the entire Haitian people.” Duque said that Colombia supports institutions and democracy, and for that reason asked “the Organization of American States (OAS) an urgent mission to protect the democratic order” in Haiti.
In Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaidó sent a message in support of Haiti. “We repudiate the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. We are in solidarity with the Haitian people and we accompany them in this difficult time. We have not forgotten Haiti’s support for our democratic cause,” said Guaidó in a message posted on Twitter.
The Argentine government expressed its “most energetic repudiation” of the assassination of Haiti’s president. “Argentina hopes that peace and tranquility will soon be restored in the country and asks for respect for democratic institutions,” the Argentine Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The Casa Rosada also made “an appeal for the perpetrators of the crime to be quickly identified so that they can be held accountable for their actions.”
In Ecuador, President Guillermo Lasso said the crime was an “inhumane, cowardly and barbaric” act. “Our sincere condolences to your loved ones and the entire Haitian people.”
Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico, also lamented the death of Moïse, recalling that the Haitian was in the act of his inauguration as president of Mexico in December 2018, accompanied by his wife, Martine Moïse.
The United States said the assassination of the Haitian president was an “astonishing crime”. The US government also announced that it is obtaining information about the case. “We are ready and prepared to provide any assistance that is needed,” said Jen Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, in an interview with American television station CNN.
In addition, the spokeswoman said that US President Joe Biden will be briefed this morning on the situation in Haiti, before embarking on a trip to the state of Illinois, where he will participate in an event. In Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, the US embassy will be closed due to the “current security situation”, according to a post published on Twitter by the US delegation in the country.
In addition to America, Spain also spoke out about death. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made “an appeal for political unity to get out of this terrible trance that a country with which we have many cultural and brotherhood ties is suffering,” he added.