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Jean-Claude Duvalier’s last days in Haiti

The Story

Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier was named "President for Life" when he inherited the leadership of Haiti from his father, François (Papa Doc) Duvalier, in 1971. Fifteen years later, it looks as if he can't stay to fulfill that title. Pushed by a restless, impoverished populace that has been emboldened by support from the Catholic Church, Baby Doc has taken desperate steps to maintain control, including declaring martial law. But it's not just his own people he has to worry about. As the CBC's Terence McKenna reports, the United States is withdrawing its support -- and that means Baby Doc's days are numbered.

Medium: Television
Program: The Journal
Broadcast Date: Feb. 3, 1986
Guest(s): Georges Salomon Host: Bill Cameron, Barbara Frum
Reporter: Terence McKenna
Duration: 10:37

Did You know?

• François Duvalier, a country doctor known as Papa Doc to his supporters, won the presidency of Haiti in 1957.

• Born in 1951, Jean-Claude (Baby Doc) Duvalier assumed the presidency at age 19 upon his father's death in 1971. He married in 1980 and was forced into exile on Feb. 7, 1986, four days after this news report was broadcast. After several countries refused him asylum, France agreed to accept him.

• In January 2011, after 25 years in exile and one year after a cataclysmic earthquake struck Haiti, Duvalier returned to visit his homeland. 





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