'Baby Doc' Duvalier returns to Haiti
A March 1982 picture shows Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, then president of Haiti.
January 16th, 2011
07:39 PM ET

'Baby Doc' Duvalier returns to Haiti

Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, Haiti's former dictator, returned unexpectedly Sunday to the country after some 25 years in exile.

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 immediately clear why the former leader returned.

Duvalier, wearing a dark suit and tie, greeted supporters at the busy Port-au-Prince airport. He had traveled with his wife.

The Duvalier family ruled Haiti for three decades starting in 1957, when Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier was elected president. He later declared himself president for life. Whe he died in 1971, he was succeeded by his 19-year-old son, Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier.

The younger Duvalier held onto power for 15 years before a revolt forced him to flee the country. He has been living in France

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  1. foreigner

    These people are truly idiots

    January 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AnotherHaitian

    Really? After all the lives that we lost just to get rid of the monster and now he is free and came back? That's really an insult to all Haitians in the world. Come on people open your eyes.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • La Sirene

      OMG! You can say that again! Our relatives and ancestors have died to free us from him! He is a rapist, evil killer,satan worshipper, he is the "Black Adolf Hitler" baby killer. Has any one read his history? and even historry only tells us half of the the evil things he has done to his own people. Has our Haitians forgotten? God Have Mercy! Please!

      January 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. foreigner

    What is worse, they like to look down at others. They all suffer from some sort of mental issue

    January 16, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave Richman

    I remember this guy from 80's. He was a dictator. He does not deserve to lead anything. I don't believe he will be welcomed.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ThomasD

    Wow. I have no great love for the nation or its people but I do feel for them. The last thing they need is added turmoil from a new political struggle. If, in fact, that is what Duvalier has in mind. Guess we'll have to wait and see what kind of action he takes.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James

    I wonder which is worst, the earthquake or or baby doc's return? A nation who forgot his past is condemened to repeat it.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennym

      the earthquake obviously

      January 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Andre

    I cannot believe the BABY DOC THE EVIL is back in Haiti. Why? After all the damages and scares his father (Papa Doc ) and him left on Haiti's body and soul. We remember Anderson's Cooper report after January 12. 2010 Earthquake, where he was looking for Baby Doc in France to explain why he left Haiti with Million and Million of dollars but he could not find Baby Doc. SINCE BABY DOC IS BACK , IT 'S A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR ANDERSON COOPER TO ASK HIM THE REASON WHY HE LEFT HAITI WITH MILLION OF DOLLARS AND THE REASON OF HIS RETURN IN HAITI.
    Maybe he's broke since cannot afford to pay the rent in France since his wife MICHEL BENNETH stole most of the money or HE IS SICK and had a few more days to live. Or Finally the Tonton Macoutes have a plan to kill more people in Haiti and still more money

    January 16, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • La Sirene

      There is no money to still! Before the earth quauke Haiti was still trying to recoup from the damage him and his familly caused to the country.

      January 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AnotherHaitian

    @Foreigner please don't make it a mental issue, every country you go they have their own set of problems. No Haitians don't look down at people but some of us feel like they put all Haitians in 1 basket. We have all type of people living in Haiti.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dave

    Haiti just went from tragic to finished...He was a butcher and what ever else u can say about him he murdered andmaimed and stole....
    all that aid money in Haiti...it will be in his pocket and his cronies soon...
    and if Haiti is as crazy as it seems ppl will be singing his praises and day as the returning saviour!!!

    January 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mike

    Whell wondering that is crazy cuz no matter cuz what ever it is haiti will always be a mess. Us as haitians don't know how to put our heads together we jus want to live life and don't see the problem that's happening in haiti.come on now tell me when was the last time our country was organize tell me when was our government ever helping the country we need to worry about the important things and stop worrying about the things that don't matter

    January 16, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John Wright

    This is not good.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeanne G P

    Word is he looks really ill...and may have come home to die....In any event, the Haitian people will not tolerate a return to a dictatorship again.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • jennym

      You don't know us. That is exactly what we need to move forward and believe me we haitian we all know that but we won't admit it.

      January 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Concerned Haitian

    How does an ousted leader just get on a flight from Paris and land in Haiti without US & France's blessing & authorization from someone in the Haitian government? I highly doubt this. Can Aristide therefore return at his own will? Who sent for Babydoc?

    January 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nounou

    concerned haitian that is a nice comeback, touche. however i have received history lessons, in fact i have a bachelors in international relations concentrating in the caribbean and latin america and a masters in global affairs and economics. perhaps you need to go to youtube. this is why haiti will never move forward because people can't see things objectively. no one is denying what the duvalier regimes did, however every state has to make a choice for its future. law and order vs frivolous rights that you have been brainwashed to believe that you 'need'. first have order, safety, jobs social services and a running infrastructure then you can worry about your freedom of speech.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • JerryBFF

      Absolutely correct, nounou. "Civil rights" come after law and order. Whatever else the man was guilty of, he was not cruel (or, at least he was no more cruel than the other leaders of the world). It was safe to travel around the country. There were tourists. Missionaries could safely do business there. Haiti was moving forward under his leadership. Yes, he managed to become rich...as if there is a leader in this world that hasn't done the same thing. It is the way of the world.

      January 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ummm...

      @JerryBFF
      "he was not cruel (or, at least he was no more cruel than the other leaders of the world)."

      It doesn't matter where he rates on a cruelty scale (although I would disagree with you that he wasn't cruel). The man was a greedy dictator. He usurped the sovereignty of the people. That alone is reason enough for him not to return.

      "It was safe to travel around the country. There were tourists. Missionaries could safely do business there."

      So because Haiti was safe for white foreigners, Duvalier must have been doing a good job? Wow.

      "Yes, he managed to become rich...as if there is a leader in this world that hasn't done the same thing. It is the way of the world."

      So just because something happens a lot, that means it's okay? Good to know. Should I ever commit a crime and get caught, I'll be sure to explain to the judge at my hearing that loads of other people have committed that crime before, and it's just the way of the world. We'll see where that gets me.

      January 17, 2011 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. b4haiti

    This is trouble.the fact that no one will admit they knew he was coming is foul.this was plan by someone.and this is away to keep haiti in a mess.i find it hard that america,canada and france did not know.GOD HELP HAITI NOW.

    January 16, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
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