Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse killed in attack on home in Port-au-Prince

Haiti’s President, Jovenel Moïse, had been in power since February 2017

Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation's capital of Port-au-Prince, the country's interim prime minister Claude Joseph has said.

Mr Joseph said the president's home in Port-au-Prince was stormed by unidentified armed men at 1am local time (5am GMT) on Wednesday (7 July).

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First Lady Martine Moïse was also injured in the attack.

Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation's capital of Port-au-Prince, the country's interim prime minister Claude Joseph has said (Photo: Shutterstock)
Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation's capital of Port-au-Prince, the country's interim prime minister Claude Joseph has said (Photo: Shutterstock)

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Mr Joseph said that "all measures had been taken to guarantee the continuity of the state," and has now taken control of the Caribbean nation.

He called the shooting of the president a "heinous, inhuman and barbaric act,” but has urged the public to remain calm.

Jovenel Moïse, 53, had been in power since February 2017, after Michel Martelly stepped down.

Mr Moïse's time in office was turbulent as he faced accusations of corruption and was challenged by often violent anti-government protests.

Earlier this year, there were widespread protests in the capital and other cities as people called for Mr Moïse to resign.