Haiti’s Prime Minister was killed by a “well-trained professional,” according to The New York Times.
“A group of unidentified individuals, some of them speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the president of the republic and thus fatally wounded the head of state.”
“Let’s search for harmony to advance together, so the country doesn’t fall into chaos.”
“Those killers have to be brought to justice.”
“To kill a president today — if we allow that to continue, tomorrow they may feel free to go somewhere else and kill another president.”
“Since I was a child, I was always wondering why people were living in such conditions while enormous lands were empty.”
“I believe agriculture is the key to change for this country.”
“To some he was a corrupt leader, but to others he was a reformer.”
“He was a man who was trying to change the power dynamics, particularly when it came to money and who had control over electricity contracts. The oligarchy was paid billions of dollars to provide electricity to a country that was still in the dark.”
“The deep-rooted political crisis which has gripped the country for the better part of the last four years shows no sign of abating.”
“A political agreement remains elusive, as the rhetoric used by some political leaders grows increasingly acrimonious.”
“This is the first time where we’ve seen that the state is so weak.”
“There is no Parliament. A dysfunctional Senate. The head of the Supreme Court just died.
“Jovenel Moïse was the last legitimate power in the country’s governance.”
“We need a system that works. The system now doesn’t work. The president cannot work to deliver.”
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As the morning went on, videos circulating on WhatsApp painted an ominous scene — a formation of SUVs arriving on the street and spilling out armed men in military formation. One announced in Creole and English over a loudspeaker, “This is a D.E.A. operation.” The legitimacy of the videos could not be verified.
A State Department spokesman said the D.E.A. claims were “absolutely false.” The agency has a long history of operations in Haiti, and some suggested that the attackers might have been resorting to a ruse to get officers guarding the president to step aside.
The interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, offered few details, aside from a rather cryptic comment that some of the attackers were speaking Spanish.
A businessman who lives in the same neighborhood as the president said he had been woken in the night by the sound of explosions around 1 a.m. Other residents said they had heard shooting between 1 and 1:30 and that it had lasted about an hour.
The normally clogged streets of the capital were ominously empty on Wednesday.
Banks and stores were shuttered; university classrooms vacant; the ti machann — market women — who normally line the shoulders of roads selling their wares were conspicuously absent.