The president of Haiti Jovenel Moïse has been killed at his private residence during an attack.
A statement from the interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the president’s residence in Port-au-Prince was attacked by unidentified armed men on Wednesday morning.
The attack took place at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT) with his wife reportedly injured but safe.
Mr Joseph said in his statement that “all measures had been taken to guarantee the continuance of the state”.
He also condemned what he called a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,”.
Just received the news the Haitian president of Haiti has been Assassinated ??
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Jovenel Moïse, 53, came to power in February 2017, after his predecessor, Michel Martelly stepped down.
Mr Moïse’s faced accusations of corruption and had to contend with violent anti-government protests.
Haiti’s National Police and other authorities have now brought the situation under control, according to the statement.
Haiti has been experiencing deepening political and economic crisis and a spike in gang violence.