THE President of Haiti has been assassinated, the Interim Prime Minister announced in a statement this morning.

Claude Joseph said that a group of individuals stormed the private residence of President Jovenel Moise and shot him dead in an "inhumane and barbaric act".

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It has been reported that the President was killed at his home in the capital of Port-au-Prince at 1am.

The first lady, Martine Moïse, was hospitalised after she was reportedly injured in the attack.

The prime minister's statement said: “A group of individuals who have not been identified, some of whom were speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and fatally injured the Head of State."

The president was 53-years-old.

Mr Joseph condemned what he called a hateful, inhumane and barbaric act, adding that Haiti's National Police had the situation under control.

In February, opposition politicians nominated their own president in an effort to drive out Moise whose five-year term had expired.

Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, a judge, said that he accepted the nomination.

Moise claimed he was president until February 2022, a disputed interpretation of the constitution.

Demonstrations took place and there were clashes with police but residents of Port-au-Prince, the capital, largely stayed at home.

The US has accepted Moise's claim to power.

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