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8688: Ex-Haiti Dictator Magloire Dies (fwd)

From: Dan Craig <dgcraig@att.net>

Ex - Haiti Dictator Magloire Dies

Filed at 10:47 p.m. ET

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Former military dictator Paul Magloire,
who ruled Haiti from 1950 to 1956, has died, family members said Friday.
He was 94.

Magloire, a longtime resident of New York, died late Thursday night at
his suburban Port-Au-Prince residence, said his son, Raymond Magloire.

While serving as an army general, Magloire ousted President Dumarsais
Estime in 1950.

The early years of his rule were what many consider Haiti's golden age
-- when tourism was at its peak and when Haitian coffee exports drew
high prices.

But a 1954 hurricane inflicted heavy damage on the economy and he was
ousted by the military two years later. He took exile in New York, only
returning to Haiti after the 29-year father-and-son dynasty of the
Duvaliers ended in 1986.

He served as adviser to Lt. Gen. Henry Namphy, who ruled Haiti briefly
in 1988. After that he kept a low profile -- never making public
comments and appearing seldom in public. He never published memoirs, and
had gone blind in recent years.


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