Haitian President Assassinated, Leaves Power Vacuum and Uncertainty

The assassination of Jovenel Moïse is leaving the poverty-stricken nation further in the lurch. American media across the board paint Haiti’s situation in a tragic light.


Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was murdered in his home by a group of assailants pretending to be American Drug Enforcement Administration agents.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • The New York Times postmortem biography of Moïse painted a frank picture of a businessman with little experience in governing being accused of corruption from the first days of his presidency. 
  • The Daily Beast’s coverage focused on the political aftermath, noting the assassination has created a political game of musical chairs: Normally the President of Haiti’s Supreme Court would “take over the reins of power” but that person died of COVID-19 recently and has not been replaced. 
  • Slate also painted a dire picture of the situation in Haiti, reporting that the assassination was just part of a calamitous environment ripe with corruption while the coronavirus, an “acute malnutrition crisis”, and violence is dragging the island nation down.



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