Former Haitian Dictator Duvalier Returns Unexpectedly
January 17, 2011
(ChattahBox World News) — After spending 25 years in exile, Haiti’s former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier suddenly returned to Port-au-Prince in the midst of the country’s ongoing election dispute yesterday, the New York Daily News reports. Claiming he was there “to help,” Duvalier’s arrival was unexpected and puzzled Haitians, many of whom recall the accusations that Duvalier stole $100 million from the already impoverished country.
Haiti’s current president, Rene Preval, is expected to step down next month, but the question of who will replace him is still up in the air. The original election in November was considered to be rigged, and Preval’s hand-picked candidate faces a runoff election, the Daily News reports.
Duvalier has spent his exile in France, and although many Haitians think poorly of him, others look back on his dictatorship with nostalgia, the Daily News notes. “After the earthquake and the elections, people are looking for any alternative,” Garry Pierre-Pierre, a Haitian Times writer, noted.