Four alleged assassins of the Haitian president, Jovenel moise, were killed by the Police and two others were arrested this Wednesday, announced the Director General of the Police, Léon Charles.
“Four mercenaries were killed, two positions under our control. Three policemen who had been taken hostage were recovered, “Charles told television.
The versions, however, are still confusing. It is that earlier, the Vice Minister of Communications, Frantz Exatus, had reported on Twitter that “the alleged murderers” had been “intercepted” by the Police in the same neighborhood of Port-au-Prince where it occurred. the assassination this morning.
Moise was killed during a commando attack on his residence. His wife was injured.
“This morning, at one o’clock in the morning, July 7, a group of unidentified people, who spoke in Spanish and English, assassinated the President of the Republic. The president has died from his injuries,” described the Prime Minister Claude Joseph.
Joseph immediately arranged the state of siege, closed the airport of the capital and shielded the border with Dominican Republic, country with which it shares the island of Hispaniola.
The conviction of Alberto Fernández
President Alberto Fernández condemned the incident through his Twitter account and called “for unity to restore the rule of law and democracy in the face of this heinous crime.”
“From Argentina we deeply condemn and regret the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, President of Haiti. We accompany the Haitian people and call for unity to restore the rule of law and democracy in the face of this atrocious crime, “the Argentine president published.
Speaking to the Todo Noticias (TN) channel, an Argentine who lives in Haiti explained that “In the last month and a half there has been an increase in the number of kidnappings”, in addition to the “geographic extension of the presence of heavily armed gangs, gangs with weapons of war.”
“The leaders of these gangs made declarations of war openly on their social networks. The security situation had deteriorated,” he added.
Murder before the elections
Murder occurs two months before the presidential elections and legislative elections called for next September 26, elections in which Moise could not be a candidate.
Moise had called for the same date a referendum to approve a new Constitution, a project that did not have the support of the opposition or the international community.
Haiti has been going through a strong political crisis since mid-2018 and lived its most serious moment on February 7, the date on which Moise denounced that the opposition, with the support of judges, was plotting a coup.
At the same time, Haiti is going through a deep security crisis, which has been aggravated especially since the beginning of June by territorial struggles between armed gangs vying for control of the poorest neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince.
With information from agencies