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President Jovenel Moise of Haiti has been assassinated.
According to a statement from the office of Claude Joseph, interim prime minister of Haiti, Moise was killed overnight at his private residence.
“He was fatally wounded by a group of unidentified men, some of whom were speaking Spanish,” the statement said.
The gunmen were said to have broke into Moise’s residence at about 1am on Wednesday.
The PM called for calm in the country, saying “police and armed forces are in control of the situation”.
Jovenel Moïse, 53, had been in power since February 2017, after his predecessor in office, Michel Martelly stepped down.
Mr Moïse’s in office was rocky as he faced accusations of corruption and was challenged by waves of often violent anti-government protests.