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Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated – Axios

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Jovenel Moïse sits for a photograph following an interview in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Photo: Alejandro Cegarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at home at around 1 am Wednesday by an unidentified group of gunmen, AP reports.
The latest: President Biden expressed support for the people of Haiti on Wednesday, saying in a statement: "We condemn this heinous act, and I am sending my sincere wishes for First Lady Moïse's recovery."
State of play: Moïse's wife, first lady Martine Moïse, is hospitalized, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said in a statement Wednesday. The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince issued a security alert calling on staff to avoid unnecessary travel in the area.
What they're saying: Joseph condemned what he called an "inhumane and barbaric act," adding: "The country's security situation is under the control of the National Police of Haiti and the Armed Forces of Haiti. Democracy and the republic will win."
The big picture: The violence comes amid increasing political instability in Haiti and calls for Moïse's removal from office before his term ended. Gang violence has spiked significantly in the capital of Port-au-Prince as the country continues to grapple with poverty and a cycle of delayed election.
Go deeper: Coup claim deepens Haiti's political crisis
Photo: Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) along with 15 other senators sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week denouncing the U.S. treatment of Haitian migrants and asylum-seekers at the border.
State of play: The senators called on the Biden administration to appoint a new special envoy for Haiti and work with international partners to secure protections for Haitian migrants, as well as solutions for "long-term stability of Haiti."
Former President Donald throws a hat to the crowd at a rally at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds on Jan. 29 in Conroe, Texas. Photo: Sergio Flores/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
A single day's events made clear the new GOP litmus tests: Is Joe Biden the lawfully elected president, and was Jan. 6 an insurrection?
Why it matters: The correct answer is often "no" to both if you want to win a contested GOP primary or make a serious 2024 play. A full-throated "yes" gets you censured or defeated.
Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios
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