Latin American Weekly Report

08/07/2021 - Moïse assassination plunges Haiti into fresh turmoil

In the early hours of 7 July unknown assailants broke into the private residence of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse and shot him dead in an attack which left his wife seriously wounded. Moïse was deeply unpopular, having faced mass protests throughout much of his mandate, which began in February 2017. His assassination, however, has shocked Haiti and the international community alike. There is uncertainty over who will take charge, as well as the fate of the 26 September general elections which the international community had heralded as a way out of the country’s political and constitutional crisis. A descent into violence and political instability is a very real threat.

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