Latin America

Moïse assassination plunges Haiti further into uncertainty

Jovenel Moïse was deploying increasingly authoritarian measures against his opposition. But his death will not bring peace to Haiti

moïse Residents of Port-au-Prince stage a protest against the government in September 2020. Photo: Arinda Mbanerjee/Shutterstock
Residents of Port-au-Prince stage a protest against the government in September 2020. Photo: Arinda Mbanerjee/Shutterstock

Wednesday’s assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse brings a violent end to his troubled presidency. His murder comes as political divisions deepen and violence runs wild in the streets of capital Port-au-Prince. Mr. Moïse’s leadership failed to steer his country onto the path of recovery after the devastating 2010 earthquake — and his death could plunge Haiti into an even deeper crisis.

Commonly known as “Banana Man” due to his past as a banana exporter, Mr. Moïse took office in 2017 after a contested election that was postponed on numerous occasions after losing candidates made fraud allegations. In...

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