Agence France-Presse
January 17, 2011

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier made a surprise return to Haiti on Sunday in the midst of a political vacuum left by disputed presidential elections.

Returning to his homeland after 25 years in the political wilderness, most of them spent in exile in France, Duvalier did not explain the reason for his return, telling reporters at the airport, simply: “I’ve come to help.”

The sudden re-emergence of Duvalier, 59, who an AFP reporter saw at immigration in a blue suit and tie, only added to the intrigue in earthquake-ravaged Haiti, as efforts to find a successor to President Rene Preval have fallen into disarray.

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