US Delegates Travel to Haiti After Haitian President Assassinated

US Delegates Travel to Haiti After Haitian President Assassinated

( – A delegation of US officials traveled to Haiti on Sunday, June 11, after the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. The delegation included officials from the National Security Council, the State Department, the Department of Justice, and Homeland Security.

Moïse attempted to consolidate his power earlier this year by holding a constitutional referendum, which led to massive national protests. On Wednesday, June 7, a group of armed intruders forced their way into his home, assassinated him, and shot his wife.

Haiti has endured economic and political hardship for years. In addition to the recent assassination, the island nation continues suffering the ravages of a 2010 earthquake and a 2016 hurricane. The interim Prime Minister, Claude Joseph, is leading the country — at least for now. He reached out to the United States for help with the investigation and maintaining stability.

The US officials met with Prime Minister Joseph about reaching an accord to enable Haiti to conduct “free and fair elections” in the future. They also reviewed critical infrastructure security and met with the Haitian National Police.

As of Monday, June 12, Haitian law enforcement officials say 28 individuals were involved in the assassination, including 2 Haitian Americans. An unknown number of them have been taken into custody, and an international manhunt continues searching for the others.

We will keep you updated on any new information in this breaking story as events unfold.

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