The president of Haiti, 53-year-old Jovnell Moss, was assassinated by gunmen who attacked his home in the early hours of Wednesday in the vicinity of Port-au-Prince Belar, the country’s embassy in Canada confirmed via a Twitter message.
Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the first woman, Martin Moss, who was receiving medical treatment, had been shot dead in the attack.
“We are deeply saddened by the assassination of President Jovnell Moyes during an attack on his home by mercenaries. The first woman injured, gets the care she needs. Our hearts go out to the President’s family and the whole country, “the embassy tweeted.
“This morning, July 7, at about one o’clock in the morning, an unidentified group speaking in Spanish and English assassinated the president. The president died of his injuries,” the caretaker prime minister was quoted as saying by various news agencies.
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Joseph called on the people to calm down and promised that “the security situation in the country is under control” and condemned the massacre, which he described as a “barbaric act”.
The assassination comes two months before the next Sept. 26 call for presidential and assembly elections, in which Mosi cannot be a candidate.
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The president has been in power since 2017, calling for a referendum to approve a new constitution on the same date, which did not have the support of the opposition or the international community.
Haiti has been experiencing a strong political crisis since mid-2018, enjoying its most intense moment on February 7, when Moss denounced the opposition plotting with the support of the judges.
At the same time, Haiti is facing a deeper security crisis, particularly exacerbated by regional struggles between armed groups competing to control the poorer areas of Port-au-Prince since early June.
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Haiti’s economic, political and social problems have recently been exacerbated by gang violence, inflation and food and fuel shortages in the capital. The country where 60% of the population earns less than two dollars a day. These problems have come as the country struggles to recover from the devastating 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
Moss was born on June 26, 1968, in Drew to the North East of Haiti. The son of a mechanic and farmer and a tailor, he moved with his family to the country’s capital in 1974, where he attended high school. Hosted by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart, at the Cultural Center of the Twentieth and Canadian Hattian Schools.
He studied academic science at the University of Quiscua, and in 1996 he moved to Port-de-Bikes, the capital of the Nordoste department, where he founded a company called Jomar Auto Parts, which soon dedicated a 10-hectare farm to banana cultivation.
After undertaking various business projects, on September 15, 2015, the ruling Haitian party Ted Kale (PhDK) launched its candidacy for the presidential election that year.
In the first round of the October 2015 presidential election, Moss was the highest-voted candidate with 32.76% of the vote, and he joined Jude Celestine for the second round in December, winning 25.29% from the Alternative League for Progress and Liberation of Haiti (LAPEH). But there were complaints of massive fraud in his favor, which forced the adjournment of the election to reconsider the results.
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After the results went invalid, he won the presidential election with 55.60% of the vote in the first round in November 2016, and released interim Jocelyn Brivert as head of state.
Moss has been married to former classmate Mary Martin Etienne Joseph since 1996.
EFE and Andhra.