Haiti: Former presidential candidate Eric Jean Baptiste killed in attack

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Haïti : Former presidential candidate Eric Jean Baptiste killed in attack

Former Haitian presidential candidate Eric Jean Baptiste was reportedly killed in a gang attack on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince , according to the media.

The leader of one of Haiti's main political parties was killed in a suburb of the capital, Port-au-Prince, in what appears to be an attack by a gang, several media reported on Saturday.

Eric Jean Baptiste, secretary general of the Rally of Progressive National Democrats (RDNP) and former candidate for the presidency of the country, was returning home to the district of Laboule 12 when several assailants riddled his car with bullets.

Asked by Reuters, the Haitian National Police did not respond.

The Laboule 12 neighborhood is under threat of coming under the control of the Ti Makak gang, which in a few years has become one of the most powerful criminal organizations in the country and which is involved in numerous extortion and corruption cases. x27;abduction.

In August, former senator Yvon Buissereth was murdered in the same neighborhood and authorities charged Ti Makak.

Tension in Port-au-Prince has worsened in recent weeks with the blockade of the Varreux fuel terminal by the G9 gang group (unrelated to Ti Makak), which says it is responding to the government plan to cut fuel subsidies and which demands the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

The United Nations is considering sending a task force to try to reduce the grip of the gangs and get the Varreux terminal reopened, but it is still unclear who could take it and responsibility.

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