Former Haiti President, Coup Leader Dies in Exile

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Former Haiti President Henri Namphy is dead. He was 85.

NamphyThe former lieutenant general and coup leader died late last month in neighboring Dominican Republic, where he lived in exile, following a battle with lung cancer.

Namphy headed Haiti’s military dominated government after the fall of the Duvalier family dictatorship. He 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, He also served as president before he was ousted in a coup in 1988.

Namphy’s presidency lasted three months. He fled to the Dominican Republic after being ousted.