THE President of Haiti has been killed in an "inhumane and barbaric act" after months of anti-government protests and a "foiled coup".
But who might have assassinated him and why?
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The Prime Minister of Haiti, Claude Joseph, confirmed the attack and said that a group of individuals stormed the private residence of President Jovenel Moïse, 53, and shot him dead at 1am last night.
In February, opposition politicians nominated their own president in an effort to drive out Moïse whose five-year term they insist had expired.
Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, a judge, said that he accepted the nomination.
On February 7, the day they said his term was supposed to end, Mr Moïse claimed that a coup had been foiled to overthrow his government and kill him, 23 people were arrested including a senior police officer.
The nation of more than 11 million people had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Moïse's rule.
Haiti's economic, political and social woes have deepened, with gang violence spiking heavily in the capital of Port-au-Prince, inflation spiralling and food and fuel becoming scarcer at times in a country where 60% of the population makes less than $2 a day.
Who assassinated Jovenel Moise?
The president was reportedly assassinated by "foreigners who spoke England and Spanish."
Prime Minister Claude Joseph's statement said: “A group of individuals who have not been identified, some of whom were speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and fatally injured the Head of State."
Why was Jovenel Moise assassinated?
The president faced steep opposition from swathes of the population that deemed his mandate illegitimate, and he churned through a series of seven prime ministers in four years.
Joseph was slated to be replaced this week after only three months in the post.
In addition to presidential, legislative and local elections, Haiti was due to have a constitutional referendum in September after it was twice postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The killing comes days after Moise appointed Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon who studied in France, as Haiti's new prime minister.
Henry, 71, has been part of Haiti's coronavirus response and previously held posts in the government in 2015 and 2016 as interior minister then social affairs and labor minister.
Who else was injured in the attack?
Haiti's First Lady was also shot but has survived the attack.
Martine Moïse has been taken to hospital as a result of the attack.
Who will replace Jovenel Moise as President of Haiti?
Prime Minister Claude Joseph said he was now in charge of the country.
Condemning the “inhumane and barbaric act”, Joseph called for calm, saying the police and the country’s armed forces had taken control of the security situation.
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