Former Haitian coup leader Henri Namphy dies


Former Haitian coup leader, Lieutenant General Henri Namphy died on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic following a battle with lung cancer; he was 85 years old. As the Antigua Observer reports, Namphy, became head of the interim National Council of Government that took charge of Haiti in 1986 when Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier fled into exile in France.

Namphy, who lived in exile in the Dominican Republic, headed Haiti’s military dominated government after the fall of the Duvalier family dictatorship. He also served as president before he was ousted in a 1988 coup. After only three months in the presidency, he fled to the Dominican Republic.

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