CARICOM leaders to meet following assassination of President Moïse


Browne, the Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that he was in shock at the developments, adding “that’s very very, unfortunate.

“I am shocked to hear about the assassination of President Moïse and I pray for the full recovery of his wife who is reported to be hospitalised with a bullet wound,” said Browne, adding, “the savageous act is a very unfortunate development coming at a time of great instability to Haiti.

“I hope the Prime Minister and other members of the Cabinet will be able to hold things together to prevent further chaos and confusion,” Browne said.

“I will be convening a meeting of heads later today to discuss this latest development,” said Browne, who up until Tuesday night had chaired the annual summit of regional leaders where the situation in the French-speaking CARICOM country had been discussed.

Browne had told reporters following the summit that the leaders had agreed to issue a statement on the ongoing political and economic crisis in Haiti after receiving a report on the situation in that country from the Expert Group which was established by CARICOM leaders in February 2021.

The outgoing Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who confirmed the assassination, has called for calm and indicated that the police and the army would maintain order.

Meanwhile, the Trinidad and Tobago government said it was shocked at the tragic developments in Haiti “and we offer our deepest condolences to the family of President Moïse and to the Government and People of Haiti, our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on this most distressing occurrence.

“Trinidad and Tobago pledges to work together with our CARICOM colleagues and other hemispheric and international partners to support Haiti at this very difficult time.”

Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, speaking on the state-owned DBS Radio, said Haiti has been embroiled in “some security and political challenges for a long time, but most specifically over the last year or so with the postponement of elections and people demanding elections.

“CARICOM has sought to intervene in the matter and of course we just concluded our heads of government meeting yesterday and we spent a considerable amount of time discussing the Haitian situation”

Skerrit said that the regional leaders had spoken to the authorities in Haiti “but it is rather unfortunate that it has descended into the assassination of President Moïse.

“The situation in Haiti is very unstable. Obviously, I am sure CARICOM will call a meeting sometime today to discuss the situation with other partners and to see how we can help to bring some level of order and process in Haiti at this time.”

Haiti is facing a constitutional crisis with many Haitians saying they no longer recognise Moïse because they believe his term expired on February 7 under the current constitution.

Late last month, the Provisional Electoral Council announced plans to stage the constitutional referendum as well as the legislative elections for the Senate and Deputy on Sunday September 26.

Haiti had earlier announced the postponement of the constitutional referendum that was originally scheduled for June 27.

The referendum has been criticised by opposition parties which claimed it had been unilaterally proposed by Moïse with the head of state indicating that the referendum was necessary as the government moves to reform the constitution.

Earlier this week, Moïse had appointed his seventh prime minister since coming to office in 2017.

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  1. The people fighting back and resorted to doing this.

    They had enough of the corruption watching their “leader” live high on the hog and they scrambling for something to eat just to survive.

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