'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. waldo

    ***jennym I think it is scary to live in haity because earthquakes and floods and hurricanes gangs and a few bad people. I think u r smart and nice I read ur stuff. Plz don't go back it is dangerous.

    January 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. maguie

    vive Duvalier

    January 16, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rodolfo

    Does good opportunity for a ex-dictator to take over again not sound like the answer why he is coming back greatvacationspots.net ??

    January 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. c ralphy

    One year after the hearthquake this is what we get!!!
    is this the aftermath?

    January 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Concerned Haitian

    Nounou & jennym – Haiti needs to be ruled by a firm hand? I suppose you regret the happenings of 1804?? We certainly cannot think for and govern ourselves by your accounts. That is the underlying problem with Haiti – the belief that the people collectively are not capable. The system of rest avec fuels that ideology. You sound like a dictator yourself.

    January 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. waldo

    ***im sorry sir but jennym is not a dictator she wants what is best for haity because she is from there and has been here 10 years and they produce good movies in her country. And she has nothing to b ashame about dont u read her stuff

    January 16, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mmmmm

    Sound like the Vultures has landed to feed on the killed.

    January 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rony


    January 17, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Duppy Criticizer

    Lemme Guess- Duvalier's Sociopathic, Meglamoniacal Pride Has Been Wounded By The Advent Of A Black American President With Ties 2 Africa & A Whole Nasa Space Program 2 Plax With, So He's Returned With Secret Foreigm Allies He's Kissed Up 2 So He'll Pilpher The Till Of The Relief Effort So He Can Fund His Own Private Self-esteem Booster , Playing Castro, Just Like Marie Antoinnette Liked 2 Play Milk Maid. Wake Up, Are U Paying Attention? Oh Well, Half The Hell Is In The Guessing. We'll Find Out Soon Enough.

    January 17, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  10. Duppy Criticizer

    Er, That Was Supposed 2 Read: Wake Up, U. N., R U Paying Attention

    January 17, 2011 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |

    Baby Doc wasn't in exile! He was a pimp in Detroit.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lizz

    The Haitian version of Castro is back...

    January 17, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |

    ok i will like nope nope give me hmm this is a harddd which one should i pick which poison is the best one to kill myself with this is the type of situations that haitian r in there is no good there is no right answer its like being ask a retorical question do we even have a choice are we even allowed to pick what we want haitians hav never been in a situation where someone else wasnt being benifit this country has suffered so much things were already bad as it is then an earthquake then some foreing soldiers brought chlorea into this country even when people are helping us they are hurting us do u see how cursed this country is i asked god what did the hatian people do to deserve this and then if that wasnt bad enough after the earthquake happen tropical storm then chlorea outbreak whats next a civil war its in the air i smell i mean aristide will want to know how come baby doc can come and he cant its only right is there no justice in this country shame on us all of us how did this happen

    January 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. La Sirene

    Why would he go back on a Dr. Martin Luther King Day? a day to honer the good.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucky2005

      Ok, blonde.

      January 17, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lucky2005

    Baby Doc is a “malady”. We have enough of that in Haiti. His been waiting a long time for this opportunity, one of desperation, for him to return and finish what his family started. God help our nation and our children.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
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