Duvalier aims for Haiti presidency

2011-01-19 22:39

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Port-au-Prince - Ousted dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier hopes to be elected Haiti's next president, his aide said on Wednesday, just three days after the ex-leader ended 25 years in exile.

"We need to shake everything up so that the elections are annulled and new elections are held in which Duvalier can run," Henry Robert Sterlin, a former Haitian ambassador to France, told AFP.

"Then Bingo," he would be re-elected, added Sterlin, who presented himself as Duvalier's spokesperson.

The ousted dictator, who fled the Caribbean nation in 1986 amid a popular uprising against his iron-fisted rule, stunned Haitians with his surprise return late on Sunday.

Despite his repressive rule, he still enjoys some support here with opponents fearing he could seize advantage of the current political turmoil caused by disputed presidential elections.

International monitors on Wednesday said the November elections to replace President Rene Preval were tainted by fraud and irregularities, and suggested revising the results.

On Tuesday, prosecutors charged Duvalier with corruption, embezzlement of state funds during his 15-year rule and criminal association.

But his lawyer has dismissed the legal moves saying that the statute of limitations expired after 10 years.

- SAPA
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