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'Baby Doc' Speaks to the Press, Hires US Advisors

Monday, 24 January 2011 10:04 PM EST

The former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier has spoken.
After spending almost 25 years in exile in France, the self-proclaimed "President for Life" returned suddenly and unexpectedly to Haiti on Jan. 16.

Five days later, during his first appearance before the press, he proclaimed to a mob of journalists that he would like to participate in Haiti's reconstruction effort, according to Time.

"I decided to return to Haiti to commemorate with you, in our country, this sad anniversary. I was expecting all sorts of persecution," said Duvalier. "But believe me, the desire to participate with you in this collaboration for national reconstruction far exceeds the annoyances that I could be facing."

The 59-year-old Duvalier sat isolated in a thronelike chair and read from a prepared statement, resembling a faint memory of the 19-year-old who became the head of Haiti - and the youngest leader in the western hemisphere - after the death of his father FranÇois "Papa Doc" Duvalier.

After delivering his remarks, Duvalier was quickly ushered up the staircase at the guesthouse in the Montagne Noir neighborhood where he is currently residing. Duvalier did not take any questions, but instead left the lion's den of reporters for his Haitian lawyer and his three newly appointed U.S. counselors, including former Congressman and 2008 Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr.

Fielding most of the reporters' questions was American attorney Ed Marger, who represented Haiti in the U.S. in the 1960s and who said Duvalier's father "told him [Jean-Claude Duvalier] if he ever had a problem with the United States to call me."

Read the entire story at time.com

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Monday, 24 January 2011 10:04 PM
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