The body of the slain Haiti’s President, Jovenel Moise has been laid to rest.
Mourners gathered on Friday to say farewell to the president under tight security, just over two weeks after his assassination rattled a country mired in poverty, corruption and political instability.
Moise, who was 53 when he was shot dead in his home in the early hours of July 7, was interred in Cap-Haitien, the main city in his native northern region.
As police patrolled relatively calm streets, relatives of Moise, government officials, supporters of the slain president and diplomats gathered at the site of the open-air funeral, which lasted several hours.
Moise’s coffin was draped in the red, white and blue Haitian flag and the presidential sash, and surrounded by flowers.
Military guards kept watch. Large screens were set up for mourners to watch the event.
Moise’s widow Martine — who was seriously wounded in the attack that killed her husband, and required treatment in the United States was at the burial just as one of his sons, the government said.
US President Joe Biden sent a high-level delegation to the funeral, including his ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and his new special envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote.
So far, more than 20 people have been arrested, most of them Colombians, and police say the plot was organized by Haitians with political ambitions and links outside the country.