Biden condemns 'heinous' assassination of Haiti President

19:42, 07 July 2021
Biden condemns 'heinous' assassination of Haiti President Photo: Al Drago/Keystone Press Agency/Global Look Press

The US President Joe Biden condemned the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, who was killed by attackers in his private residence in Port-au-Prince, The White House released a statement on Wednesday.

"We are shocked and saddened to hear of the horrific assassination of President Jovenel Moise and the attack on First Lady Martine Moise of Haiti," says the statement. 

Haiti's interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, confirmed the killing, calling the act "hateful, inhumane and barbaric." The first lady Martine Moise was injured in the attack and being treated at a hospital. Some of the assailants reportedly were speaking Spanish.

"We condemn this heinous act, and I am sending my sincere wishes for First Lady Moise’s recovery. The United States offers condolences to the people of Haiti, and we stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti," Biden said in a statement.  

The UN Security Council is shocked by the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise that took place overnight, Irish Permanent Representative to the United Nations Geraldine Byrne Nason said.

"It’s really, really sad, shocking development to see the President of Haiti assassinated,” Nason told the press.

The National Police and the Armed Forces of Haiti responded to the situation, taking control of security in the country.

Moise, 53, was accused of trying to increase his power and faced months of demands from opposition leaders to step down. He had been ruling by decree for more than a year after Haiti failed to hold the election. Lately, the Caribbean country has experienced growing gang violence, anti-government protests, and a surge in coronavirus infections.