‘Baby Doc’ Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier Returned to Haiti Sunday

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Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier returns to Haiti.

By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Exiled former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier returned unexpectedly to his Caribbean homeland on Sunday for the first time since he was forced out by a popular uprising and U.S. pressure in 1986.

Wearing a blue suit and tie, Duvalier, now 59, arrived at Port-au-Prince airport on an Air France flight from Paris, witnesses said.

Dozens of enthusiastic supporters greeted him, although the motive for his surprise return to the country was not immediately known.

Duvalier took the reins of power in Haiti in 1971, becoming president on the death of his father, the autocratic Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier, who had ruled with a reign of terror. Jean-Claude, “Baby Doc,” was then the world’s youngest head of state at age 19.

Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier

Although he tried to improve Haiti’s image during his rule, he faced accusations of corruption, political repression and human rights abuses when he fled the country in 1986 during massive street protests and diplomatic pressure from Washington.

His unexpected return comes at a time when Haiti, still the poorest state in the Western Hemisphere, is facing political uncertainty following Nov. 28 presidential and legislative elections whose preliminary results have triggered fraud allegations and street protests.

The chaotic elections went ahead during a cholera epidemic in the country, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake a year ago that killed more than 300,000 people. (Writing by Pascal Fletcher; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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  1. Sexy Caramel I got news for you. Sadly, Haitian citizens have yet to experience this ” he was the best that Haiti has ever had.” I’ll tell you what would be the best for Haiti and her people. I’d give up a prayer request, and also make an extra donation to a church in Haiti, if God would allow the Haitian people to determine the final death voltage to be delivered to this murderous heart of Baby Doc, when his number is up on this earth. Do I hear a, “Amen.”

  2. Even though he took billions of dollars, he was the best that Haiti has ever had. You have to understand that he just didn’t tolerate nothing. If you blinked wrong, you’d disappear. He was what Castro is to cuba, Chavez to Venezuela,Evo Morales to Bolivia, Rafeal Correo to Ecuador, and Ortega to Nicaragua. My grandma and most Cubans are just waiting to here that Castro is dead. And look, now he made the wrong decision by going back to the country that he holds dearest to his heart because he’s going to get arrested and face prosecution. This is terrible…

  3. Wishing “Baby Doc” wastes no time in dying from this “supposed” Terminal Illness he has, so the Devil himself his Dad “Papa Doc” François Duvalier, better known as the “Devil From Hell,” can greet him at Hell’s Gate, but not before “Baby Doc” suffers a hell of a lot, giving him time to return the Billions of dollars he and his Papa stole and embezzled from the good citizens of Haiti. Have you seen this shell of a man, an accomplished monster of a former dictator on the TV News, he looks like a walking death angel, knocking at his murderous heart.

  4. Never thought he would go back to there. He must be found out he’s terminally ill or something. I don’t get it, why now? What does he hope to gain? After all the hardship he brought those people.

  5. I hope BABY DOC call here to the Bahamas and see want a mistake it is be when you come back, just ask your father aka Papa Doc, close cuzin Papa ingRum here in the Bahamas buddy.

  6. He just did the wrong thing by entering Haiti like that because now it looks like he might just end up arrested and he’s going to have to pay for over 60,000 deaths, pain, and torture that he had caused the Haitian people. Haitians need for people like him to run them because they are a tough race, and you have to be hard with them in order to gain some type of order or respect, and that’s how it was when he was in office. But I don’t think that the Haitians are going to let this slide so easily. Duvalier understands in his heart that there is no place like home, he was 19 when he became president and i’m sure that he realizes that he made mistakes just like every human does. And I respect him for that, but at the same time, it just isn’t that easy bruh… But one thing for sure is that, Haiti was in a much better position when he was in office.

  7. “Baby Doc’s” dad, the dictator from hell Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalier may have been born in in the Bahamas on the Island of Ingua. “Baby Doc” claims to be dying. Sure hope he speeds his dying up.

  8. baby doc was the one who inspired what is now happening in the bahamas. just maybe he needs to come and be dictator in the bahamas and take us out of this slum. he knows how to come and go as he please. right. the reign of terror for haiti is far from being horrific in comparison to what papa with a brand new bag from jamaica is doing c & w and anyone who think the rumor a bahamian brought haiti down. right now baby doc can show what is bahamian and papa can show what is haitian. in any event the two would have proven what is the mystery of having so many people suffering with all the gifts they have buried inside of the hopeless environment both created.

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