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"Papa Doc vivie! Papa Doc vivie!"

All day long the voodoo drummers in front of the National Palace in Port-au-Prince beat out the same incessant message: "Papa Doc lives! Papa Doc lives!"

Peasants waving black-and-red Haitian flags poured into town on trucks of every vintage. Saucy Datsun minibuses scooted around the Caribbean capital picking up the faithful and depositing them at the palace gate.

For weeks, Haitians had been wo dering whether ailing President for Life Francois ("Papa Doc") Duvalier would make his scheduled 64th birthday appearance on the palace balcony and prove to one and all that he was indeed alive...

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