Former President David Granger has condemned the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse.
The Haitian Leader was attacked by a group of armed men who stormed his private residence in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince early this morning.
In a statement, Mr. Granger, who hosted Mr. Moise, at State House when he was President described the Haitian leader’s assassination as a “hateful murder.”
“The assassination of President Moïse and the attack on his family are abhorrent and abominable,” Mr. Granger said.
The PNC Reform Leader has also called on Haiti’s Prime Minister to preserve peace, maintain public order, and bring the culprits responsible for this crime to justice and extends his “wishes for a speedy recovery to the First Lady of Haiti, Martine Moïse, who was seriously injured during the attack.
President Jovenel Moïse, 53, had been in power since February 2017, after his predecessor Michel Martelly stepped down.
The BBC reports that Mr Moïse’s time in office was rocky as he faced accusations of corruption and was challenged by waves of often violent anti-government protests.
There were widespread protests in the capital and other cities earlier this year, as people demanded his resignation.
Haiti’s opposition said that Mr Moïse’s five-year term should have ended on 7 February 2021, five years to the day since Mr Martelly stepped down.
But there had been a year’s delay to elections after that, and Mr Moïse insisted he had one more year to serve as he did not take office until 7 February 2017.
In February, on the day the opposition wanted him to leave office, Mr Moïse said an attempt to kill him and overthrow the government has been foiled.