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Haiti: Concerns After the Presidential Assassination [Updated July 19, 2021]   [open pdf - 724KB]

From the Document: "Armed assailants assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in his private home in the capital, Port-au-Prince, early on July 7, 2021. Many details of the attack remain under investigation. Haitian police have arrested more than 20 people [hyperlink], including former Colombian soldiers, two Haitian Americans, and a Haitian with long-standing ties to Florida. A Pentagon spokesperson said the U.S. military helped train a 'small number' [hyperlink] of the Colombian suspects in the past. Protesters and opposition groups had been calling for Moïse to resign since 2019. The assassination's aftermath, on top of several preexisting crises in Haiti, likely points to a period of major instability, presenting challenges for U.S. policymakers and for congressional oversight of the U.S. response and assistance. The Biden Administration requested $188 million in U.S. assistance for Haiti in FY2022. Congress has previously [hyperlink] held hearings [hyperlink], and the co-chair of the House Haiti Caucus made a statement [hyperlink] on July 7 suggesting reexaminations of U.S. policy options on Haiti."

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CRS Insight, IN11699
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2021-07-19
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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pdf
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