Haitians on Tuesday (20/7) held an official funeral service for slain President Jovenel Moise. The country is also preparing to appoint a new interim leader and arrest at least three police officers involved in the killing.
Crowds of dignitaries from various countries and Haitian dignitaries sit grimly under the shade of pink and white bougainvillea flowers in memory of Moise in the courtyard of the Nation Pantheon Museum in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.
A large portrait of the president hangs behind Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph as he addresses the people.
“The cowardly and cruel assassination of President Jovenel Moise is a real national drama. We have an obligation to judge it that way,” said Joseph.
Joseph accused the oligarchs and criminals of killing the president’s character, before then killing the president himself.
He called on everyone to use this momentum as a way to find common goals, as well as viable and durable solutions.
Moise was shot multiple times and his wife was seriously injured in the July 7 attack on their private residence. At least 26 people have been detained, but it is still not clear who was behind the attack.
In another development, Prime Minister Ariel Henry was sworn in on Tuesday (21/7) to replace Joseph, who with police and military support took over leadership in Haiti after Moise’s assassination.
Haiti Police Chief Leon Charles announced that four more people had been arrested, including three police officers, whose ranks have not been announced. [em/lt]