June 16, 1988 |
In a surprising clash with the military commander who put him in office, Haitian President Leslie F. Manigat on Wednesday rescinded an order of army strongman Gen. Henri Namphy that would have stripped the country's toughest troop commander of his power. The move aroused fears of a possible civil war between rival army units until Namphy's army high command backed down from the confrontation late Wednesday.
September 25, 1988 |
Fears of an armed uprising by civilian thugs and graft-tainted officers deposed in Haiti's "sergeants' revolt" and hopes for clear and rapid steps toward long-thwarted democracy preoccupied both soldiers and political leaders Saturday as the officers and noncoms now running the country completed their first week of power in an atmosphere of unusual calm. The danger of a possible counterattack by loyalists of ousted Gen.
June 19, 1988 |
Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy, the former Haitian strongman who was fired after clashing with the civilian president he helped put in power, was under house arrest Saturday at his home outside the capital, according to two of his close relatives. The relatives said that Namphy's house was surrounded by troops loyal to his chief army opponent, Col. Jean-Claude Paul, whose refusal Tuesday to obey the general's order transferring him to a powerless staff job touched off the current Haitian crisis.
October 2, 1988 |
Col. Jean-Claude Paul, wanted in the United States on drug charges and feared in Haiti as the army's most powerful troop commander, has been removed from his command and retired by the pro-democracy president of the new military government, Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril. The controversial colonel, considered the only officer strong enough to unseat Avril's two-week-old government, accepted his retirement without protest, according to Haitian radio broadcasts Saturday.
October 3, 1988 |
Signs of disarray in the Haitian armed forces raised fears Sunday that supporters of Col. Jean-Claude Paul, the alleged drug lord who was ousted from his powerful troop command Friday, might stage a countercoup against the pro-democracy military government of Lt. Gen. Prosper Avril. "Everyone thinks Avril has control of all of this, but he doesn't," said a foreign military analyst with close army connections.
July 6, 1987 |
Warning that Haiti faces "the specter of anarchy and civil war," the Roman Catholic Church issued a strong appeal Sunday for compromise between the military-led government and opposition forces. A church statement said the country "is going through one of the gravest political crises of our times." An on-and-off general strike, which paralyzed the country for four days last week and triggered street disturbances, was scheduled to resume today.