This past Wednesday, the embassy set up on behalf of the United States government has temporarily closed down in the wake of the assassination of President Jovenel Moise by a group of armed intruders.
Moise, aged 53, was in his residence at the presidential palace at about 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning when suddenly a “highly trained and heavily armed group” initiated a “coordinated attack,” as stated in a statement from the current interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph.
The wife of the now-late president was supposedly injured in the blitz attack on the complex, but her condition remains unclear. Police have taken to combing the area as groups of forensics teams examine evidence outside the president’s residence.
Joseph, who has only taken up the mantle of interim prime minister quite recently back in April 2021, has refused to give out any information regarding the nature of the attack on the president. In the chaos of the whole ordeal, Old Uncle Joe’s administration’s state department has made the decision to temporarily closed the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince, which is the capital of Haiti.
“Due to an ongoing security situation, the US Embassy is restricting its direct-hire US citizen staff to the Embassy compounds in Tabarre until further notice. The Embassy will be closed today, including for consular services,” stated a security alert sent out from the state department very early Wednesday morning. “Please avoid unnecessary travel in this area at this time.”
Over the years, we have seen Haiti struggle horrendously with its economic and political conditions. As reported by recent data from the World Bank, the country, which is the primary home to more than eleven million people, sports a per-capita income of only $1,150, and “remains the poorest country in the Latin America and Caribbean region and among the poorest countries in the world.”
In a statement to The New York Times as part of an interview on Wednesday, Joseph stated that he currently has control over the country. However, the Times goes on to add: “Still, it was unclear how much control he had, or how long it might last. A new prime minister had been scheduled to replace Mr. Joseph this week, and the head of the nation’s highest court, who might also have helped establish order, died of Covid-19 in June.”
In a statement responding, Uncle Joe stated that he was “shocked and saddened to hear of the horrific assassination,” and that the United States was currently “ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti.”
Prime Minister Joseph, however, has issued a statement attempting to try and calm the people within the country.
“We urge Haitians to show restraint and maintain a peaceful environment over the coming days. We also call on the international community to launch an investigation into the assassination and for the United Nations to hold a Security Council meeting on Haiti as soon as possible,” stated Joseph, as reported by CNN. “President Moise died in defense of democracy and we have a duty to ensure his legacy is honored. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire nation, and with the family of the President and the First Lady.”