Haiti's 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Dies At 63
Jean-Claude Duvalier, the former Haitian dictator nicknamed "Baby Doc" after he succeeded his father in ruling the country, has died. Duvalier was the president of Haiti from 1971 to 1986, when he was ousted from office and sent into exile. He returned to the country in 2011.
Duvalier died of a heart attack, reports Haiti Libre.
Back in 2011, writer Amy Wilentz told NPR about the dictator's exit:
"His human rights abuse record is really not a pretty one. This is not a man who should be whitewashed. He was better than his father, who was a really bloody dictator, but he was not a decent leader for any country, and there was a lot of unrest in the streets. "His police force, the Tonton Macoutes, were particularly brutal as they realized their regime was coming to an end. And then, the international community got together along with the Haitian civil society and finally said, okay, this is enough. You have to go. "And then, he left on a U.S. cargo plane driving his BMW with his wife and all his trunks right into the plane, and they went to France."
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