Jovenel Moïse, Haiti’s embattled president who thrust the country into deeper political turmoil during his tumultuous one term in office, was assassinated overnight at his private residence, according to the country’s acting prime minister.
Prime Minister Claude Joseph said a group of people attacked the president’s private residence and killed him, calling it an “odious, barbaric” act.
“Every measure is being taken to guarantee the continuity of the state to protect the nation,” Joseph said in the statement.
The first lady was wounded by a bullet and is receiving care, he added.
Moïse came to power in 2017 after a lengthy election process that was marred by delays and accusations of fraud.
Although he had never held political office before, Moïse was tapped for the post by the country’s previous president Michel Martelly, who stepped down in 2016 without a successor in place.