Injured wife of murdered Haitian leader speaks out – .

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Injured wife of murdered Haitian leader speaks out – .


Port-au-Prince (AFP)

The widow of Haitian leader Jovenel Moise, who was seriously injured in the attack that claimed his life, released her first public remarks since the assault on Saturday, calling on the nation not to “go astray”.

“I’m alive, thank God,” Martine Moise said in an audio message posted to her official Twitter account three days after her husband was shot dead in their home.

“I am alive but I lost my husband Jovenel,” she added.

The authenticity of the comments, made in Creole, was confirmed to AFP by the Haitian Minister of Culture and Communications, Pradel Henriquez.

Martine Moise was rushed to a Haitian hospital after the attack in the early hours of Wednesday, before being evacuated to Miami for treatment.

According to Haitian authorities, an armed commando of 28 men – 26 Colombians and two Haitian-Americans – broke in and opened fire on the couple in their house.

So far, 17 have been arrested and at least three have been killed. A handful remain on the run, police say. No motive has been made public.

“In the blink of an eye, the mercenaries entered my home and riddled my husband with bullets (…) without even giving him time to say a word,” Martine Moise said in her audio message.

“I am crying, it’s true, but we cannot let the country go astray,” she said. “We cannot let his blood… have been spilled in vain. “

The murder of her husband has plunged already troubled Haiti – the poorest country in the Americas – into chaos.

Amid deep uncertainty over its political future, the international community has called on the impoverished Caribbean country to move forward with presidential and legislative elections slated for later this year.

“I will not abandon you,” said Martine Moise.

She promised to engage in a direct exchange with Haitians on Facebook “in the near future”.

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