The killing of Haitian President Jovenel Moise has drawn condemnations from leaders worldwide and calls for calm and unity in the Caribbean nation. Moise was assassinated in his home, and his wife was shot in the attack and is hospitalized. The U. S. President Joe Biden said in a statement that they are shocked and saddened by the horrific assassination of Moise and the attack on the first lady Martine Moise. “We condemn this heinous act. The United States offers condolences to Haitian people, and we stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti.”
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the act ‘in the strongest terms’ and insisted that the committers of this crime must be brought to justice. The Secretary-General requests all Haitians to respect the constitution, stay united during this horrible act, and refuse all forms of violence. U. N. Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said. “The United Nations will still stand with the government and the people of Haiti.”
The president of the Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader, called the assassination ‘an attack against the democratic order in Haiti and the region’ and closed the border the country shares with Haiti. Columbian President Ivan Duque called the attack a ‘cowardly act.’ He called for an urgent mission by the OAS to protect the democratic order. The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Joseph Borrel, wrote on Tweeter, “this crime carries a risk of instability and a spiral of violence.”
France condemned the ‘cowardly attack.” All light must be shed on this crime that happens in a political and security situation that has severely worsened,” said Jean-Yves Le Drian, Foreign Minister. “I urge all those in Haitian politics to act with calm and restraint.” Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, urged calm. “I’m shocked and saddened at the murder of President Moise,” he said in a tweet, sending condolences to the Haitian people. “This is an abhorrent act, and I call for calm at this moment.”
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also denounced the crime. “I’d like to make an appeal for political unity to get out of this terrible trauma that the country is going through,” Pedro said. Pope Francis also expressed his sorrow and denounced all types of violence as a way of solving conflicts.
This horrific act has shocked leaders globally and raises many questions. When was the last time a president was assassinated like this? Who will benefit from this act? Could it be ‘they’ knew with Moise in the office the presidential elections will not be a success and had him killed?
Meanwhile, the acting head of state Joseph Claude held a meeting with the Core Group (U. S. Canada, Brazil, France, Spain, Germany, EU, U. N., OAS) to discuss the political situation caused by the assassination of president Moise. He wanted to reassure the International community partners that he has the control over the situation, and that under his rule; the Council of Ministers will ensure safe continuity of Haiti.