US assesses ‘tragic attack’
Hours after news of the news shock of the assassination broke, the United States said it was evaluating the “tragic attack” in Haiti.
“We are still collecting information. We are still evaluating at the moment, ”White House press secretary Jen Psaki told MSNBC, adding that US President Joe Biden would be briefed on the situation.
The US embassy said in a statement it would be closed on Wednesday due to the “current security situation.”
On June 30, the United States condemned what it described as a systematic violation of human rights, fundamental freedoms and attacks on the press in Haiti, urging the government to tackle the proliferation of gangs and violence. .
Insecurity and political instability
The president faced strong opposition from sections of the population who deemed his tenure illegitimate, and he went through a series of seven prime ministers in four years. Joseph was due to be replaced this week after only three months in office.
In addition to presidential, legislative and local elections, Haiti was due to hold a constitutional referendum in September after being postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Supported by Moise, the text of the constitutional reform, aimed at strengthening the executive, was overwhelmingly rejected by the opposition and many civil society organizations.
The constitution currently in force was drawn up in 1987 after the fall of the Duvalier dictatorship and declares that “any popular consultation aimed at modifying the Constitution by referendum is strictly prohibited”.
Critics also claimed that it was impossible to hold a poll, given the general insecurity in the country.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)