Haiti hunts down assassins of president
Islam News – Nearly 24 hours after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti, the security forces engaged in a chaotic shootout with a group they described as suspected assailants, killing four and taking two into custody.
Details were emerging of the six people detained, including an American citizen. Haiti’s police chief, Leon Charles, said that the security forces were in control of the situation even as he acknowledged that others believed to be members of the hit squad remained at large.
As the threat of wider violence loomed, and the country was under a “state of siege,” the U.N. Security Council was set to meet about the crisis on Thursday. Members called for calm.
Political stalemate: The interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, declared that he was now in charge, but his hold on power is tenuous given that a new prime minister, Ariel Henry, was scheduled to be sworn in this week. Henry said that Joseph was “no longer prime minister.” Adding to the challenges, Haiti, a parliamentary democracy, has no functioning Parliament.
Moïse’s mixed legacy: Both supporters and opponents of the Haitian president saw his assassination as a sign of turmoil to come. In Montreal, one of the many Haitian diaspora communities, Frantz André had organized a protest in March against him. “Educated people saw him as a threat to democracy, and others have been protesting against him because they have nothing to eat,” André, a leading Haitian human rights advocate, said.
Source: The New York Times