Widow of slain Haitian president returns home

Martine Moise, the widow of assassinated Haiti President Jovenel Moise, returned to the Caribbean country for his funeral on Saturday after being treated at a Miami hospital for injuries sustained during the July 7 attack at their private residence.

Jovenel Moise was shot dead when assassins armed with assault rifles stormed his home in the hills above Port-au-Prince, rocking the country and launching a frenzied investigation to identify the plan’s authors.

The Prime Minister’s office tweeted a video of Martine Moise returning to the Haitian capital’s Toussaint Louverture International Airport on Saturday, wearing all-black clothing, a bulletproof vest and her right arm in a sling. She was greeted by interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph.

“The Prime Minister, Dr. Claude Joseph, welcomes the First Lady, Martine Moise, who arrives in Haiti for her husband’s funeral,” the Prime Minister’s office said.

Martine Moise had tweeted in Miami earlier this week that she was still coming to terms with her husband’s murder and had “thanked a team of guardian angels who helped me through this terrible time”.

Earlier on Saturday, the key Core Group of international ambassadors and representatives had urged “the formation of a consensual and inclusive government”.

“To this end, we strongly encourage designated Prime Minister Ariel Henry to continue the mission entrusted to him to form such a government,” the group said. Henry, who Moise was appointed prime minister shortly before his assassination, is not sworn into office and the country is run by Joseph.

The core group consists of ambassadors from Germany, Brazil, Canada, Spain, the United States, France, the European Union and Special Representatives from the United Nations and the Organization of American States.

“As Haiti faces serious dangers, the members of the group express the wish that all political, economic and social actors in the country fully support the authorities in their efforts to restore security across the country,” it said.

The group also called for the holding of “free, fair, transparent and credible parliamentary and presidential elections as soon as possible”.

Senior opposition Senator Patrice Dumont, one of only 10 sitting lawmakers in the normally 30-seat Senate, said on Thursday that fair elections cannot be held for at least a year due to the influence of violent gangs and a compromised electoral council.

On Friday, a Colombian police chief said the killing may have been ordered by a former official of the Haitian Justice Department, citing a preliminary investigation involving Haitian Americans and former Colombian soldiers.

(REUTERS)

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