Haitian authorities have called on US military forces to help stabilize the country

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Citizens participate in a demonstration near the Pétion Ville police station after the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse on July 08, 2021 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Richard Pierrin / Getty Images

  • Haitian officials fear terrorists will attack the country’s infrastructure following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

  • Haiti’s Minister of Elections told the New York Times that officials have asked the United States to send military troops for support.

  • He said officials wanted help to protect Haiti’s port, airport and gas supply.

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Government officials in Haiti have called on the US military to send troops to help stabilize the country following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

Haitian Minister of Elections, Mathias Pierre, told the New York Times officials asked for help to protect Haiti’s port, airport and gas supply after the assassination, saying he feared “urban terrorists” would attack the country’s infrastructure in the next days.

“The group that funded the mercenaries wants to wreak havoc in the country,” he said. “Attacking the gas reserves and the airport could be part of the plan.

In A declaration In response to Wednesday’s assassination, President Joe Biden said the United States was “ready to help as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti.”

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider on whether the United States would honor Haiti’s request to send troops.

The murder of Moses came amid growing political instability and violence in the country. The murder exacerbated the unrest, with the leadership of Haiti in conflict. Fifteen suspects were arrested in the murder, including two US citizens. The two Americans said they were working as translators for the contract killers and were not in the room when the assassination took place, a Haitian judge investigating the murder said Friday.

The motivation for the murder of Moses remain unclear, although there was no shortage of enemies. Moïse’s political opponents accused him of remaining in power beyond his term, and his refusal to resign sparked protests. He also faced backlash that he had ruled by decree for more than a year after dissolving parliament and failing to hold legislative elections.

The United States has already organized military interventions in Haiti and the Marines occupied the country from 1915 to 1934. In the decades following the occupation, Haiti experienced a number of coups d’état and a series of dictators and military leaders ruled the country. In 1994, the Clinton administration sent 25,000 soldiers to Haiti to restore a president who had been ousted by a military coup.

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