[QODLink]
Inside Story
Haiti's muddy political waters
We discuss the significance of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier's return to a country in political turmoil.
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2011 11:59 GMT

Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, the former Haitian dictator, has spoken publicly for the first time since returning to his homeland after 25 years in exile.

The former leader, who ruled Haiti from 1971 to 1986, has acknowledged that people were assassinated under his regime.

Duvalier says he has returned to help his shattered nation rebuild after last year's massive earthquake, which killed an estimated 316,000 people.

Is his presence muddying the waters of a country already mired in deep political turmoil?

Inside Story, with presenter Shiulie Gosh, discusses the significance of Duvalier's return in a country caught between its past and future with guests: Peter Hallward, a professor of modern European philosophy at Kingston University, London; Javier Zuniga, a Haiti researcher from Amnesty International; and Myriam Breton Jones, the vice-chair of United Haitians in the UK.

This episode of Inside Story aired from Saturday, January 22, 2010.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Your chance to be an investigative journalist in Al Jazeera’s new interactive game.
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Featured
Private citizens take initiative to help 'irregular' migrants, accusing governments of excessive focus on security.
Indonesia's cassava plantations are being killed by mealybugs, and thousands of wasps have been released to stop them.
Violence in Ain al-Arab has prompted many Kurdish Syrians to flee to Turkey, but others are returning to battle ISIL.
Unelected representatives quietly iron out logistics of massive TPP and TTIP deals among US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.
Led by students concerned for their future with 'nothing to lose', it remains to be seen who will blink first.