By Gideon Adonai
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated and his wife wounded during an armed attack in the early hours Wednesday at their private residence above the hills of Port-au-Prince, plunging the Caribbean nation, already in the throes of a political crisis, into fresh uncertainty about its leadership.
According to Jacqueline Charles, a Carribean reporter, the 53-year-old president had faced mounting protests over his governance amid a deepening political and constitutional crisis, including questions about his legitimacy and accusations that he used armed gangs to remain in power. He was also accused of corruption in a wide-ranging probe on how Haiti spent nearly $2 billion in U.S. from Venezuela’s Petrocaribe funds.
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The assassination of Jovenel Moïse was at his residence. The assassins presented themselves as DEA agents and disarmed his security. The mercenaries were described as white, and their translator
spoke in English and Haitian Creole.
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