US `surprised` at return of ex-Haiti dictator
Washington: The United States admitted it
was "surprised" at ex-dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc"
Duvalier`s return to Haiti after 25 years in exile, a State
Department spokesman has said.
The former tyrant was holed up in a luxury Port-au-
Prince hotel after arriving back in the country late Sunday,
with observers wondering the purpose of his return in the wake
of a contested election.
"We are surprised by the timing of Duvalier`s visit to
Haiti. It adds unpredictability at an uncertain time in
Haiti`s election process," State Department spokesman Philip
Crowley said in a post to blogging site Twitter.
Haiti is wrestling with the results of November 28
elections that sparked deadly riots after allegations of vote-
rigging against ruling party candidate Jude Celestin, the
favorite of President Rene Preval.
International monitors have called on Celestin to step
aside in favor of opposition candidate Michel Martelly for the
second round of voting -- a date for which has yet to be set.
The frontrunner remains former first lady Mirlande
Manigat, and it was unclear what impact Duvalier`s return
would have on the impasse.
Human rights groups have called for Duvalier to face
trial, despite the justice system is in tatters after last
year`s catastrophic earthquake and many Haitians are too young
to remember his oppressive 1971-1986 rule.
Duvalier`s re-emergence has fueled speculation other
political leaders from Haiti`s tumultuous past may try to
return, including Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who has repeatedly
expressed a wish to go back.
Crowley added, however, that the United States was
"not aware of any plans for former President Aristide to
travel" to Haiti.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- What Muslims think about Ram Mandir issue?
- Anti-Romeo squad launched: Has moral policing started in UP?
- Martyrs' Day: Nation remembers Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru for their sacrifice
- London terrorist attack leaves five dead, including police officer
- Do not put unnecessary pressure on police: PM Modi tells UP BJP MPs
- Hukumdev Narain Yadav to be new Vice-President of India?
- 400 Trinamool Congress members including many TMC stalwarts join BJP in Tripura
- Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru were hanged on 23 March 1931 – This is how PM Modi paid tribute today
- Unable to meet educational expenses, Muslim girl writes to PM Narendra Modi – Know what happened next
- Mulayam Singh Yadav's son Prateek, his daughter-in-law Aparna meet UP CM Yogi Adityanath - Know why