Leaders of different nations commented on the death of the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, in the early hours of Wednesday (7). Politicians condemned the murder of the authoritarian leader, who was gunned down by a group of unidentified assailants in his private residence.
Moïse had faced strong internal pressure since taking over the country’s presidency in 2017, and criticism intensified in 2020, when the Haitian dissolved the power of democratic institutions, such as the federal legislature, and began to rule mainly by decrees.
From the international community, it received significant support. The OAS (Organization of American States) and the government of United States President Joe Biden have supported his retention.
“We are shocked and saddened by the horrific assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. We condemn this heinous act. The United States offers its condolences to the Haitian people. We are ready to help and we continue to work for a safe Haiti.
JOE BIDEN, President of the United States, in an official statement
“I am shocked and saddened by the death of President Moise. Our condolences to his family and to the people of Haiti. It is a heinous act and I ask for calm at this time.
BORIS JOHNSON, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, on social media
“We reject the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. It is a cowardly and barbaric act against the whole of the Haitian people. Our solidarity with the country and the family of a great friend of Colombia. We support institutions and democracy and we ask that the OAS (Organization of American States) undertake an urgent mission to protect democratic order. “
IVÁN DUQUE, President of Colombia, on the social network
“We express our strongest repudiation of the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. Our country once again reaffirms its solidarity with the people and the government of Haiti and expresses its rejection of any form of violence. Argentina hopes that peace and tranquility will be quickly found in the country and calls for respect for democratic institutions. We also call for all perpetrators to be identified and held accountable for their actions.
FELIPE SOLÁ, Chancellor of Argentina, in a statement
“We deeply regret the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. We condemn these acts of violence which need to be clarified. Our feelings towards the Haitian people.
LUIS ARCE, President of Bolivia, on the social network
“I want to underline our absolute condemnation [do crime] and our empathy with the Haitian people. The Spanish government calls for the unity of political forces so that the country finds a way out of the serious crisis it is going through today. “
PEDRO SÁNCHEZ, Prime Minister of Spain, during a press conference and post on social networks
“On behalf of the people and government of Taiwan, I offer my condolences on the passing of President Jovenel Moïse. We go together with Haiti, our ally, at this difficult time.
TSAI ING-WEN, President of Taiwan, on social media