The President of Haiti was killed at his house, according to a statement from the country’s interim Prime Minister.
According to Reuters, a gang of unidentified men stormed Haitian President Jovenel Mose’s private residence overnight and shot him dead.
According to the Associated Press, his wife, First Lady Martine Mose, has been admitted to the hospital.
In a statement issued early Wednesday, Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph announced the death.
“A gang of unidentified persons, some of whom spoke in Spanish, assaulted the private house of the President of the Republic at about one a.m. on the night of Tuesday July 6 to Wednesday July 7, 2021, fatally injuring the head of state,” the statement stated, according to France24.
Following that, the statement condemned the “hateful, cruel, and brutal crime,” urging calm and assuring the public that the situation is “in control.”
“The National Police of Haiti and the Armed Forces of Haiti are in charge of the country’s security situation,” Joseph stated in a statement from his office.
“The republic and democracy will triumph.”
The assassination takes place in the midst of a surge of politically motivated violence in the Caribbean country.
According to Reuters, Haiti is experiencing a rising humanitarian crisis, food shortages, and worries of widespread chaos due to its political division.
As political, economic, and social problems worsened, gang violence increased in Port-au-Prince, and food and gasoline were scarce under Mose’s reign.
Mose was elected president in November 2016 and inaugurated in on February 7, 2017. Since then, he has faced a barrage of demonstrations.
This year, the opposition accused him of attempting to establish a dictatorship by exceeding his mandate and becoming more dictatorial, which he rejected.
After the country failed to have elections, Mose governed by decree, resulting in the dissolution of Parliament.
In the months preceding up to his death, opposition groups urged that Mose stand down, claiming that his tenure as president had expired earlier this year.
General elections were set to take place in Haiti later this year.