from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Duvalier, François Known as "Papa Doc.” 1907-1971. Haitian dictator. Elected president in 1957, he declared himself president for life in 1964 and ruled in an authoritarian manner until his death. His son Jean-Claude (born 1951), known as "Baby Doc,” succeeded him in 1971 but fled the country in 1986 after widespread civil unrest.
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- n. son and successor of Francois Duvalier as president of Haiti; he was overthrown by a mass uprising in 1986 (born in 1951)
- n. oppressive Haitian dictator (1907-1971)
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Unfortunately for his aspirations, a new Swiss law, dubbed the 'Duvalier law,' went into effect February 1.
Barr called Duvalier's speech "profoundly moving."
Haitian dictator François Duvalier, aka Papa Doc, carrying a gun as he rides through the Port-au-Prince streets, 1963.
Crowley called Duvalier's return "one more complication" in an already challenging situation.
The coup was filled with what US Congresswoman Maxine Waters called Duvalier-loyalists and led by a former US Special Forces soldier who is an alleged drug lord.
In a recent interview with theAssociated Press, the President spoke about the need for reconciliation in Haiti; but the following day he said he wouldn't seek a pardon for Duvalier, which is what many feared he'd meant.
Swiss parliament passed what was familiarly known as the Duvalier law, allowing banking officials to give the money to the Haitian government, which has been seeking to obtain the funds for several years.
Martelly called Duvalier's return a "distraction," saying Preval must have known in advance about the former dictator's intention to return to his homeland.
WikiLeaks cables: 'Baby Doc' Duvalier's possible return to Haiti concerned US
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