According to Haiti’s Prime Minister, the country’s president, Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation’s capital.
The Prime Minister, Claude Joseph said that the president’s residence in Port-au-Prince was stormed by unidentified armed men at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).
Included by the source, the First Lady was also reportedly injured in the attack.
Mr Joseph said that “all measures had been taken to guarantee to continuance of the state”.
Jovenel Moïse, 53, had been in power since February 2017, after his predecessor, Michel Martelly stepped down.
Mr Moïse’s time in office was rocky as he faced accusations of corruption and was challenged by waves of often violent anti-government protests.
Citizens demanded for the president’s resignation from offices as there were widespread protests in the capital and other cities earlier this year on the ground of corruption.
Haiti’s opposition said that Mr Moïse’s five-year term should have ended on 7 February 2021, five years to the day since Mr Martelly stepped down.
Mr Moïse, however, insisted he had one more year to serve as he did not take office until 7 February 2017.
The year-long delay was caused by allegations of electoral fraud which eventually saw the result of the 2015 election being annulled and fresh polls being held, which were won by Mr Moïse.