Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the assassination of the Caribbean nation of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise and the attack on the First Lady. In a tweet, on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it was said that ‘Saddened by the assassination of President Jovanel Moise and the attack on the First Lady. My condolences to the family members of President Jovanel Moise and the people of Haiti.
The police have killed four suspects and arrested two others in connection with the murder of President Jovenel Moise at his private residence late on Tuesday. This incident is expected to worsen the situation in this very poor country. Léon Charles, head of Haiti’s national police force, said suspected gunmen had taken hostage three police officers who were freed by Wednesday night.
Moise’s assassination took place in the midst of a deepening political and economic crisis in the country and increased gang violence. The authoritarian rule of Moise was causing constant instability and anger in the country. Moise’s wife and first lady Martini Moise was also shot in the attack, who is undergoing treatment. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said security was in the hands of both the police and the military. America’s poorest country has a history of dictatorship and political turmoil has hindered the establishment of democratic rule.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Joseph called for an international investigation into the president’s assassination. He said the elections scheduled later this year should be held on their own schedule. The authorities have declared a “state of emergency” in the country and closed the international airport.
Haiti’s ambassador to the US, Bouchit Edmund, said the killing of 53-year-old Moise was carried out by foreign terrorists and professional assassins as part of a well-planned conspiracy. He said the attackers had come as agents of the US Drug Enforcement and Administration (DEA). The US embassy said the DEA has an office in the capital of Haiti.
Joseph said in a statement that some of the attackers were speaking in Spanish, but did not provide any further details. Edmund told Washington that Moise’s wife, the First Lady, was in stable but critical condition and had been taken to Miami for treatment. He said Haiti had sought the help of the US government to investigate the incident.