Haiti: State of Siege imposed, 4 suspects killed 2 detained in connection with killing of President

The acting Prime Minister, after the assassination of the President, has addressed the nation and declared the state of siege, and asked the citizens to remain calm.

On Thursday, Haiti was in confusion as the police hunted for the suspects behind the assassination of the president and questions swirled over who would be taking charge of the impoverished Caribbean nation.

In Wednesday’s killing of President Jovenel Moise, four suspects involved with it were killed by the police overnight and two had been detained. Bocchi Edmond, Haiti’s ambassador to the US said that the attackers were hired and that they had received aid from Haitian Nationals.

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The death of Moise comes amid the extreme violence in the capital Port-au-Prince due to which many lives had come to an end in the past few weeks, apart from that, Haiti was also dealing with political confusion, humanitarian crisis, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The parliament of Haiti is effectively dead and there are two men who are claiming to be the rightful Prime Minister of the country.

On the interim basis, the next in line to take over would be the Supreme Court President, but he died due to COVID-19 recently.

However, Claude Joseph, the Acting Prime Minister of Haiti, had declared a state of siege on Wednesday, which closes the borders and imposes martial laws.

The confirmation of Joseph as the PM was not done by the Parliament as there had been no sitting since 2020, it is alleged that he was in the process of being replaced by Ariel Henry who was appointed by the President before his death.

On Wednesday, Moise was killed by attackers in his private residence in Petion-Ville. The attackers had attacked the home around 1 a.m and fatally wounded the head of state.

Martine Moise, the first lady of Haiti, had been shot in the attack and was evacuated to a hospital in Miami for treatment. Her condition was stable but critical.

According to Ambassador Edmond, the suspects received help from the Haitian Nationals because of the vehicles used by the attackers to get to the presidential residence. However, the identification of nationalities of the attackers was under process by the Haitian National Police. They were moving forward to see how they could identify the others who were a part of this incident.

A video from the scene revealed the suspects speaking in Spanish and they presented themselves as the agents of the Drug and Enforcement Administration (DEA).

On Wednesday, Edmond said that he didn’t believe that the suspects were DEA agents and said that they were fake agents. He added that they did not know how the suspects came in and did not even know if the suspects were still in the country, but if the attackers had left then it would be only through the land borders with the Dominican Republic because Haiti would have detected a plane leaving as the airports had been closed ever since the attack and would reopen only when the situation gets under control. The civil aviation board of the Dominican Republic’s flight authority has also stopped air operations to and from the Republic of Haiti.

The acting Prime Minister, after the assassination of the President, has addressed the nation and declared the state of siege, and asked the citizens to remain calm. The state of siege comes in between the lower level, state of emergency, and the highest level, state of war. In the siege regime, Haiti’s military and national police get empowered to enforce the laws, the national borders get closed and the martial laws get temporarily imposed.