Baby Doc before transition
The Salt Lake Tribune, Friday, April 23, 1971 Power Struggle Predicted in Haiti t By Daniel Gottlieb p '' >j Reuters News Agency ; WASHINGTON — A'strug- ',•< gle for power behind the £ scenes is considered likely in ^Haiti following the 'death of $ (Papa Doc) Duvalieri' diplo- r'.matic sources said Thursday. i Alt hough "."Papa Doc" had ^arranged for his 19-year-old I|son Jean-Claude to take over '•and he was quickly sworn in •»as the new president for life, »few knowledgeable observers *pf Haiti expect the transition <lo go smoothly, it £ Daughter's Role i Some feel that Jean-Claude Jwill only be a front while the The dictator's 30-year-old daughter, Marie-Denise Dominique, Dominique, is felt certain to be a principal contestant. Her husband, husband, six-fbot-six-inch Max Dominique, ; ambassador to France and/a former army officer, officer, was.implicated in previous previous plotting .against President Duvalier. •',", .Haiti was expected to remain outwardly calm for a while, at least during the 30-day mourning period for the late dictator. But given the history of bloody suppression of President President Duvalier's opponents, the possibility of a blood bath of reprisal could not be ruled out, observers said. The death of Papa Doc may Dahle's THOROGOOD STORE Introduces . . . HUSKY BOYS' CLOTHING Levi Slacks from 25 to 38 Waist Tom Sawyer Shifts - Sizes 12 to 20 Billy the Kid Slacks from 27 to 36 Waist (ALL ARE FULL CUT for COMFORT) . . . remember . . . Dahle's THOROGOOD STORE 242 So. Main 359-9849 (limited selection unfif our stock arrives) backstage maneuvering for real power unfolds. No Political Base .The total power which Papa Doc wielded in Haiti, chiefly through liis private security force of Tonton Macoutes, has left virtually no viable political political base on which to build democracy, democracy, experts in Haitian affairs feel. The Haitian exiles in the United States are not a cohesive cohesive group and have little contact contact with contemporary life in their country. But they will be watching closely for signs c£ whether Duvalierism can survive the death of the dictator more successfully than did Trujil- loism after, the Dominican dictator's dictator's assassination. The social and economic problems of the hemisphere's poorest nation will present massive problems for the new president, whose age is variously variously given as 19, 21 or 22, depending on whose records are believed. Haiti's per capita income o'i about $90 annually is about one-tenth of that in the more developed nations of Latin America, such as Argentina and Venezuela. Pentagon Hikes o Surveillance Of Haiti Area WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Thursday the United States has increased its naval and air watch near Haiti and alerted a few mor» units for possible use in the area. It was understood that two destroyer escorts were in the Windward Passage separating Cuba from Haiti, whose government government announced the death of President Francois Duvalier. Duvalier. U.S. reconnaissance planes also have stepped up surveillance. surveillance. Sources said the U.S. action is designed to insure that Cuba will not take advantage of any political turmoil which may break out in Haiti, where some 2,000 Americans are now located.