Baby Doc back in Haiti

January 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, Haiti’s former dictator, returned unexpectedly after 25 years in exile, adding uncertainty into an already turbulent situation. He arrived in the Haitian capital as the nation is grappling with a political crisis, sparked by fraud allegations in a presidential election. It was not clear why the former leader returned. The Duvaliers ruled Haiti for 3 decades starting in 1957, when Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier was elected president. He later declared himself president for life. When he died in 1971, he was succeeded by his 19-year-old son. The younger Duvalier held onto power for 15 years before a revolt forced him to flee. Accused of corruption, Duvalier has been living in France. Upon arriving in Haiti, he and his wife went to the Karibe Hotel, according to Ryan Flaherty, head of security for Project Medishare. Flaherty reported. “There’s definite energy in the air right now,” he said, as he stood with a small crowd of Duvalier supporters outside of the hotel. “Right now, people don’t know what he’s back here for. People don’t know if he is just visiting,” (cnn)

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