Haiti A New General Takes Command

After a slaughter in a sanctuary, a coup topples the military leader

The political turmoil that has gripped Haiti ever since the overthrow of Dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986 has taken another dramatic turn. A military coup last Saturday night ousted Lieut. General Henri Namphy as the country's leader. He and Franck Romain, mayor of the capital city of Port-au- Prince, were taken to Haiti's international airport to be put on a Sunday flight to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, where they have been granted political asylum. Brigadier General Prosper Avril, a Haitian power broker who had close ties to Duvalier, declared himself the new President of Haiti.

Namphy had spent Saturday...

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