Haiti’s president killed – level 3
the Haitian president Jovenel Moise was assassinated in a nighttime assault on his home, threatening to throw the gang-ridden nation deeper into chaos.
According to the nation’s interim Prime minister Claude Joseph, Moise was murdered by highly trained and heavily armed killers who stormed his residence in the capital Port-Au-Prince at around 1 am. First lady Martine Moise was also wounded during the attack, and she may be evacuated to Miami for treatment.
The 53-year-old president had governed by decree since January 2020 when parliamentary terms expired without elections being held. The opposition had said that Moise was illegally getting power and passing laws in violation of the constitution. Haiti is the poorest nation in the Americas, and it’s struggled for political stability for decades.
Difficult words: ridden (full of something), interim (temporary), decree (an official order that has the force of law), violation (the act of doing something that’s not allowed by a law or rule).
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