Haitian political leader Eric Jean Baptiste fatally shot

Eric Jean Baptiste, a former presidential candidate and leader of a political social gathering in Haiti, has been killed in a taking pictures, a celebration official stated Saturday. The killing shocked many in a nation already in disaster.

Baptiste was killed Friday in the neighborhood of Laboule within the capital of Port-au-Prince alongside together with his bodyguard, in line with Ricardo Nordain, spokesman for his Rally of Progressive National Democrats, which was based in 1979 by former President Leslie Manigat.

Baptiste additionally owned one of many greatest lottery corporations in Haiti, “Pere Eternel.”

No one has been arrested.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry stated he and others have been revolted by the killing.

“The horrific assassination of the political leader Eric Jean Baptiste and his bodyguard has once again plunged the Haitian nation into turmoil. We strongly condemn this heinous crime against this patriot, this moderate politician committed to change,” he tweeted.

The killing occurred in an space the place the Ti Makak gang, which implies “Little Macaques,” is combating with the Toto gang for management of territory. The neighborhood is situated close to Pelerin, the place President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his personal residence in July 2021.

In August, Yvon Buissereth, a former senator who labored for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, was killed and his physique set on hearth.

In January, two journalists additionally have been killed in Laboule and their our bodies set on hearth.

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