April 12, 1987
A French court annuled an expulsion order issued by the previous Socialist administration against ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, his family and entourage. A local court in Grenoble ruled that the expulsion order, imposed by former Interior Minister Pierre Joxe on Feb. 14, 1986, seven days after Duvalier entered France, had no legal basis.
January 7, 1991 |
Roger Lafontant, feared leader of a faction loyal to exiled dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, claimed early today to have seized power in Haiti after a two-hour gun battle near the presidential palace. "I have assumed the presidency of the republic," Lafontant said in a one-sentence statement today on the state-run Radio Nacional. Provisional President Ertha Pascal-Trouillot, in a brief statement from the palace broadcast on the radio, said she was stepping down.
April 14, 1987 |
Jacques A. Francois, the only civilian and least powerful member of Haiti's three-man National Governing Council, died Monday. He was 78 and suffered from prostate cancer. Since January, Francois had not been present at the National Governing Council's rare public appearances. He was widely considered to be little more than a civilian figurehead in a governing council controlled by Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy and Gen. Williams Regala.
February 19, 1986 |
Ousted Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier has been deserted by the friends and relatives, except for his immediate family, who accompanied him to France after he fled his country 12 days ago. Sources at the luxury hotel where Duvalier has been closeted since fleeing Haiti on Feb. 7 said the last members of an original 22-member retinue slipped away from the lake-side refuge Tuesday night.
October 4, 1987 |
At morning rush hour recently, a gruesome roadblock was set up on Boulevard Harry Truman, a main thoroughfare that runs along the fetid seaside here. The obstruction consisted mainly of a dead man in the middle of the road. Extending in a line from his bony corpse to the road's shoulders were rusted car parts, tree branches, old tires and rusted tin cans. At 8:30 a.m., traffic came to a halt. The man had died two or three days earlier.
May 30, 1986 |
--Jon Pennington, a 14-year-old eighth-grader from Shiremanstown, Pa., won the National Spelling Bee in Washington when he correctly spelled "kaolinic" and "odontalgia" and broke into a broad grin as the audience stood and applauded. Jon outdistanced Kenneth A. Larson, 13, a seventh-grader from Tequesta, Fla., competing for the third time, who was stumped by "kaolinic," misspelling it as "chayolinic."