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President of Haiti’s Senate, Joseph Lambert, Shot; hospitalized

President of the Senate Jospeh Lambert was shot on Jan. 8, 2023 in Port-au-Prince. Photo via Joseph Lambert’s Twitter account

CAP-HAITIEN — Joseph Lambert, the President of the Senate, was shot near the Parliament in Port-au-Prince on Sunday Jan. 8, a day before the end of his term, according to RezoNòdwès.

Lambert was transported to the hospital where he is receiving medical treatment.

The motive of the attack is unclear. The police and the government have yet to comment on the attack.

In October, the United States and Canada recently sanctioned Lambert for his alleged involvement in drug trafficking activities and having ties to gangs. 

Lambert denied the accusation, tweeting  that the U.S. and Canada’s decision were an error.

It is unknown who orchestrated the attack but bandits had made it a habit to break into the Parliament and steal items as they had done so twice in April 2022.

In October 2020, bandits also fired at least 10 gunshots at Lambert’s son’s vehicle while he was driving in Martissant, a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. No one was injured. The son, Bradley Lambert, an entrepreneur, was on his way to Port Palméra from Jacmel to authorize a cement delivery when the shooting occurred. No one was injured.

Lambert has been the Senator of the Southeastern Department since Jan. 9, 2017 and became the president of the Senate in July. 9, 2021. Lambert was also the president of the Senate in 2006. Because of his success in Haiti’s political realm, Lambert is dubbed as L’Animal Politique or The Politician Animal.

Amid Haiti’s political crisis, Lambert often asked for a large dialogue to solve Haiti’s political crisis. He attempted to become president days after Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in July 2021. Lambert also tried to replace Prime Minister Ariel Henry in February 2022 when Moïse’s term was supposed to end.

Two months ago on Oct. 28, Eric Jean-Pierre was shot dead while driving in a vehicle on Laboule 12, a posh suburb. Jean-Pierre was a former presidential candidate and leader of the Rassemblement des Démocrates Nationaux Progressistes or the Grouping of Progressive National Democrats. 

This is a developing story, we will add updates as the situation evolves.

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