The Prime Minister of Haiti, Claude Joseph, declared a state of siege on Wednesday after the assassination of the president, Jovenel Moise, who died this morning during an assault on his private residence in the metropolitan region of Port-au-Prince.
“In strict application of article 149 of the Constitution, I have just presided over an Extraordinary Council of ministers and we have decided to declare a state of siege throughout the country“Joseph announced.
The state of siege, which Haitian law proposes in principle for an initial period of 15 days, places the Armed Forces as the maximum guarantors of security and it implies the establishment of military courts.
Joseph urged all parties to join in this same “battle” to “win” democracy, in an apparent attempt to avoid the power vacuum that could result from the absence of a head of state and the failure to renew Parliament. .
In a televised ad, the Prime Minister of Haiti said “they have taken all measures to ensure the continuity of the State. “
“I ask all the living forces of the nation to accompany us in battle, to accompany us in the continuity of the State,” said Joseph, who was with the director of the National Police, Leon Charles, and other authorities.
In addition, he reiterated that the country’s security situation is “under control” by the National Police and the Armed Forces, and asked the population to remain calm.
“They shot and killed the president and wounded his wife“, said the prime minister, who assured that this death “will not go unpunished.”
In that sense, he promised that “the perpetrators, the murderers of Jovenel Moise they will pay for what they did in court. “
“It is democracy and the Republic that must win. The dark forces will lose “, he stressed.
Article 149 of the Constitution stipulates that in the absence of the president “due to resignation, dismissal or in the event of permanent physical or mental incapacity”, it corresponds to the Council of Ministers, “under the presidency of the prime minister”, to exercise executive power until the election of a new head of state.
The Magna Carta, precisely pending renewal, stipulates a period of between 60 and 120 days to advance in this renewal, although it establishes an exception, in the event that the president was in his last year – as is the case of Moise. – The National Assembly could meet to elect a president on a “provisional” basis, reports ‘Free Haiti’.
With information from EFE and Europa Press