Moses was killed and his wife was wounded in an attack on his home by unidentified gunmen, according to the caretaker prime minister.
The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, was assassinated and his wife was injured in an attack on his home, the interim prime minister announced.
A group of unidentified gunmen attacked Moïse’s private residence on Wednesday night and shot him dead, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said.
Joseph said he was now in charge of the country and urged the public to remain calm while insisting that the police and army will ensure the safety of the people.
Haiti, the poorest country in the Americas, was already in a precarious political situation before the assassination, having become increasingly unstable and discontented under Moses.
Moïse, 53, ruled by decree for more than two years after the country was unable to hold elections and the opposition demanded his resignation in recent months.
The assassination runs the risk of further destabilizing the Caribbean nation.
Here are the latest updates:
OAS condemns “criminal act”
The Organization of American States condemned the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in a statement issued by its communications department in Washington.
“This attack is an affront to the entire community of democratic nations represented in the OAS,” the statement said.
“Political assassinations have no place in a democracy,” the OAS said.
The Dominican Republic closes the Haitian border after the assassination
The government of the neighboring Dominican Republic has ordered the “immediate closure” of the border with Haiti after the assassination of Moses.
The closure of the border took effect immediately, Defense Ministry Communications Officer Ceinett Sanchez told AFP news agency.
Colombia urges OAS to send mission to Haiti
Colombian President Ivan Duque called on the Organization of American States to send an urgent mission to Haiti to “protect the democratic order” after President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated overnight.
“We reject the vile assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse,” Duque wrote on Twitter. “It’s a cowardly act full of barbarism against the entire Haitian people.”
US condemns “horrific” killings
The United States condemned the murder as “horrible” and said it was willing to help in any investigation.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said “we will be useful in any way for the people of Haiti, for the government of Haiti,” adding that President Joe Biden will be briefed on the incident.