Haiti declared martial law after killing of president

Acting Prime Minister of Haiti Claude Joseph announced on July 7 that martial law was imposed on the island nation after the assassination of President Jonével Moise and his wife Martine Moise.

“Following an emergency meeting of the Council of Ministers, we have decided to declare martial law throughout the country,” the acting prime minister said.

He also called on “all the forces of the nation to unite in the battle for a stable state from which democracy and a republic in which peace will prevail.”

“Those who do evil to the country and the nation will be punished… The assassins of President Jovenel Moise will pay for their crime according to the law,” stressed Claude Joseph.

There are currently no flights to Haiti and the airport in Port-au-Prince is closed.

The head of state died of gunshot wounds shortly after unknown assailants attacked his residence on the night of July 6-7. The First Lady was taken to the hospital but later died as well.

Josep Borrel, head of EU diplomacy, wrote on Twitter that “this crime poses a risk of instability and a spiral of violence. The perpetrators of this murder must be found and brought to justice.