Haitian political leader Eric Jean Baptiste was killed by a fatal bullet

Eric Jean Baptiste, the former presidential candidate and leader of a Haitian political party, has been killed in a shooting, a party official said Saturday. The killing stunned many in a country already in crisis.

Baptiste was killed Friday in the La Baule district of the capital, Port-au-Prince, along with his bodyguard, according to Ricardo Nordin, a spokesman for the Rally of Progressive National Democrats, founded by former president Leslie Manigat in 1979.

Baptiste also owned one of Haiti’s largest lottery companies, Bear Eternelle.

No one has been arrested.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he and others revolted over the killing.

“The horrific assassination of political leader Eric Jean Baptiste and his bodyguard once again plunged the Haitian nation. We strongly condemn this heinous crime against this patriot, this moderate politician committed to change,” he said in a tweet on Twitter.

The killing took place in an area where the Te macaques, which means “little macaques”, are battling with the Toto gang for control of the area. The community is located near Pelerin, where President Jovenel Moise was assassinated In his own residence in July 2021.

In August, Yvonne Boeserith, a former senator who worked for the Department of Social Affairs and Labor, was killed and set on fire.

In January, two journalists were killed in La Baule and their bodies were set on fire.

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