Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Leslie Manigat | Former Haitian leader, 83

Leslie Manigat, 83, a prominent figure in the Haitian political establishment whose term as president was cut short by a military coup in 1988, died at home Friday after a long illness, according to Evans Baubrun, deputy secretary of Mr. Manigat's political party.

Baubrun said Mr. Manigat's condition may have been complicated by a recent bout of chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne virus that has been rapidly spreading in Haiti since the first locally transmitted cases emerged earlier this year.

Mr. Manigat, a former professor of history and political science, won the presidency in January 1988 amid the tumult that followed the fall of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier two years earlier.

The election, which was boycotted by the main opposition parties, was widely seen as illegitimate.

Within six months, Mr. Manigat was ousted in a coup led by Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy and fled to the neighboring Dominican Republic.

He eventually returned to Haiti and politics. He ran for president in 2006 but came in second to Rene Preval.

- AP

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