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Haitian President Jovenel Moïse Assassinated

HeadlineJul 07, 2021

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at his home early this morning, according to official reports. First lady Martine Moïse was also injured and has been hospitalized. Moïse had been in office since 2017 but faced large-scale protests from 2018 denouncing government corruption and demanding his resignation. Rights groups say he’s responsible for the brutal crackdown on protesters and other government critics. Earlier this year, his opponents accused Moïse of orchestrating a coup to stay in power beyond February 7, when his term officially ended. But Moïse clung to power with support from the Biden administration. Popular demonstrations against Moïse had recently escalated.

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