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Haitian politician shot dead, as violent gangs and political turmoil push country to the 'edge of collapse' – CNN

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a Haitian Politician shot dead outside his home, officials say country domination.

Eric Jean-Baptiste was killed outside his home in the capital Port-au-Prince on Friday night, local police told CNN.

He is the leader of Haiti’s minor political party, the Rally for Progressive National Democrats (RNDP), and ran in the 2016 long-shot presidential election.

A security guard was also killed in the attack, a police spokesman said. Baptiste was killed in 2018 but survived with a gunshot wound.

The assassination, the latest killing in a country overrun by violent gangs, comes a year later. President Jovnel Moyes Murdered. Port-au-Prince has been the scene of brutal gang battles this summer, with entire neighborhoods ablaze and thousands of families displaced, others trapped in their homes and afraid to leave, even for food and water. .

The United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday the number of Haitians displaced by recent gang-related violence in the capital has tripled in the past five months.

The IOM reported that more than 113,000 people were internally displaced from Port-au-Prince between June and August of this year, of whom nearly 90,000 were “intra-city inter-gang, gang-police, and social conflict-related conflicts.” violence” was the cause.

Criminals still control or influence some of the country’s most populous cities, and kidnappings for ransom threaten the daily movement of residents. In recent weeks, demonstrators in several cities have called for the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry in the face of soaring fuel prices, soaring inflation and unconfirmed crimes.

Earlier this month, UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned the “absolutely nightmare situation” in Haiti, where gangs are obstructing the movement of fuel and other goods in the port of Port-au-Prince. The country is facing a humanitarian crisis, with a cholera epidemic killing dozens.

Haiti’s ambassador to the US, Bocchit Edmond, told CNN on Friday that the government would hold democratic elections if the international community intervened in providing military assistance to the country.

“It is very important that all Haitians work together … and we must ensure that we are ready to hold free, fair and democratic elections, with the support of our international partners. Because the most important thing … is to get the institutions of democracy back on their feet,” said Edmund, describing Haiti as a country “on the brink of collapse.”

“Before we go to the elections, law and order must be restored. ..we need international help,” a diplomat recently told CNN’s Sarah Sydner.

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