Jovenel Moïse Biography
Jovenel Moïse (26 June 1968 – 7 July 2021) was a Haitian businessman and politician who served as the country’s 42nd President.
On July 7, 2021, he was slain at his home by unknown assassins.
|Date of Birth||26 June 1968|
|Net worth||$7.5 million|
|Wife||Martine Marie Etienne Joseph|
|Position held||President of Haiti|
|Education||Université Quisqueya, Collège Canado-Haïtien|
|Children||Jomarlie Moïse, Joverlein Moïse, Jovenel Junior Moïse|
|Date of Death||7th July 2021|
Jovenel Moïse Early Life and Background
On June 26, 1968, Jovenel Moïse was born in Trou du Nord, Haiti’s Nord-Est region. His family relocated to Port-au-Prince in July 1974, when he completed his basic education at École Nationale Don Durélin and began secondary education at Lycée Toussaint Louverture and then at Centre Culturel du Collège Canado-Hatien.
Jovenel Moïse Wife
Jovenel Moïse wife is Martine Marie Etienne Joseph, a classmate of his; they married in 1996. They left the capital the following year and settled in Port-de-Paix to develop rural areas.
Jovenel Moïse Career and Business
Moïse started his first business in Port-de-Paix, JOMAR Auto Parts, with minimal capital and it is still in existence today. He began developing an organic banana producing operation from a plantation spanning over 25 acres of land in the Nord-Ouest department the same year.
In 2001, Mose teamed up with Culligan to establish a drinking water plant that would serve the departments of Nord-Ouest and Nord-Est.
He launched AGRITRANS SA in 2012, introducing the agricultural project NOURRIBIO to Trou du Nord and assisting in the establishment of Haiti’s first agricultural free trade zone, a 2,500-acre banana plantation in Nord-Est.
Moïse was able to transform unfarmable ground into a lush, integrated, and sustainable enterprise that serves as a model for the development of Haiti’s agricultural sector with this project. For the first time since 1954, Haiti was able to export organic bananas to Germany because to this operation.
Moïse championed bio-ecological agriculture as an economic engine for Haiti, which has a rural population of over 50%.
Jovenel Moïse Political Career
Moïse received 32.8 percent of the vote in the first round of the 2015 elections, which took place on October 15, 2015, qualifying him for a runoff with Jude Célestin, who came in second.
However, according to an exit poll done by the Haiti Sentinel, Mose received only 6% of the vote, prompting many observers to call the results illegitimate. Thousands of people flocked to the streets in a violent outpouring, causing the runoff election to be postponed.
On November 27, 2016, election officials announced that Mose had won the first round of the 2016 election based on preliminary data, with an expected voter turnout of 21%.
On February 7, 2021, opposition leaders challenged Jovenel Moïse’s mandate, claiming that his term should have ended on the date of the inconclusive 2015 elections.
Special elections were held in February 2016 to appoint Jocelerme Privert as interim President until new elections could be held.
Jovenel Mose of PHTK took first place in the presidential election in November 2016 with 55.67 percent of the vote. Mose won the presidency without having to face a second round of voting. Jude Celestin of LAPEH, Jean-Charles Mose of the Platfom Pitit Dessalines (PPD), and Maryse Narcisse of Fanmi Lavalas (FL) finished second, third, and fourth, respectively, with 19.52 percent, 11.04 percent, and 8.99 percent.
On February 7, 2017, Jovenel Moïse was sworn in. According to Haiti’s constitution, article 134-1. “The President serves a five-year term. This term begins on the 7th of February after the election date and ends on the 7th of February following the election date.”
How Haitian President Was Killed/Assasinated?
Jovonel Moïse was assassinated in his home on July 7, 2021, by a group of unknown assailants.
A statement from the counry’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, assassination of Jovenel Moïse happened in the early hours of Wednesday morning. (July 7 2021)
“A group of individuals who have not been identified, some of whom were speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and fatally injured the Head of State,” the PM wrote.
Joseph said the first lady was also shot, but has survived the attack. He condemned the “odious, inhuman, and barbaric act” and appealed for calm, adding:
“All measures have been taken to ensure the continuity of the State and to protect the Nation. Democracy and the Republic will win out.”
Jovonel Moïse Net worth
Jovonel Moïse had an estimated net worth of $7.5 million. The former president of Haiti was a very successful business man who had various business interests that spread across Haiti and Europe.