Haitian President assassinated, Prime Minister says

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Haitian President Jovenel Moise speaks on stage at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City on September 25, 2018.
Haitian President Jovenel Moise speaks on stage at the 2018 Concordia Annual Summit in New York City on September 25, 2018. Leigh Vogel / Getty Images for the Concordia Summit
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Haitian President Jovenel Moise was killed in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday, according to the country’s acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph.

Joseph said in a statement that a group of unidentified individuals attacked Moise’s home around 1 a.m. and fatally injured the head of state. Haiti’s first lady was also shot and is receiving treatment, he added.

The prime minister condemned what he called “an odious, inhuman and barbaric act” and called for calm.

“The security situation in the country is under the control of the Haitian National Police and the Haitian Armed Forces,” the statement added. “All measures are taken to guarantee the continuity of the State and protect the Nation.”

Moise was 53 years old. The former banana exporter has spent most of the past year waging a political war with the opposition over the terms of his presidency.

Moise said his five-year term is expected to end in 2022 – a position supported by the United States, the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

The opposition argued he should have resigned on February 7 of this year, citing a constitutional provision that starts the clock once a president is elected, rather than when he takes office.

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