The assassination on Wednesday of the president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, at his residence in Port-au-Prince, has shaken regional geopolitics. From early in the morning, different presidents have sent their condolences to the presidential family. The assassination has caused special concern in the Dominican Republic, a country that shares the Antillean island with Haiti. The president of that country, Luis Abinader, has ordered the closure of all the steps that communicate his country with the neighbor, a porous line that has always been a point of tension due to the migratory pressure that the Dominican Republic receives from Port-au-Prince. Colombia, meanwhile, has requested the intervention of the Organization of American States (OAS) to safeguard democracy in Haiti.
Abinader, who has summoned the main army chiefs to address the situation, indicated this Wednesday that an emergency meeting will be held to decide his country’s reaction to the assassination. For the moment, the Dominican Republic has reinforced military surveillance to prevent the passage of migrants and goods from the other side of the border.
The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, has been among the first in the region to react to the assassination of his Haitian counterpart. “We reject the vile assassination of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse. It is a cowardly and barbaric act against the entire Haitian people. Our solidarity with the sister nation and the family of a great friend of Colombia ”, wrote Duque on his official Twitter account. Then he asked the Organization of American States (OAS) “an urgent mission to protect the democratic order.”
The OAS quickly issued a statement of repudiation of what it considered “a criminal act.” “This attack is an affront to the entire community of democratic nations represented in the OAS. We most vehemently deplore this attempt to undermine the institutional stability of the country. We reject this objectionable act. Disagreements and dissent are part of a strong and vigorous system of government. Political assassinations have no place in a democracy. We call to put an end to an irresponsible policy that threatens to derail democratic advances and the future of the country “, the text says, disseminated on networks by the Secretary General of the Organization, Luis Almagro.
Mexican Andrés Manuel López Obrador dedicated part of his traditional morning press conference to what happened on the Caribbean island. “I send a hug to the people of Haiti for the assassination of the President of that country and his wife. He was in the act of taking a position when I assumed the presidency. We were about to send over 150 my dose of vaccines. Very regrettable what happened, we pay tribute to him, ”he said.
From Chile, the president, Sebastián Piñera, also condemned the death of his Haitian counterpart, which he described as a “cowardly murder.” “Our solidarity and condolences to his family and to all the people of Haiti. We call for unity and peace to strengthen democracy and find a way out of the serious crisis that Haiti is going through, “he wrote. the Chilean president on his Twitter account. The Bolivian Luis Arce, for his part, “deeply” regretted the death of Moïse and asked that what happened be clarified. Guillermo Lasso, President of Ecuador, considered the crime “an inhuman, cowardly and barbaric act.”
The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, has for now left the official reaction of his government in the hands of the Foreign Ministry. In a statement sending condolences, the Foreign Office said that “Argentina hopes that peace and tranquility in the country will soon be recovered” and respect “for democratic institutions.”
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