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 (do͞o′väl-yā′, dü-), François Known as "Papa Doc." 1907-1971.
Haitian politician who was elected president in 1957. In 1964 he declared himself president for life and ruled as a dictator until his death. His son Jean-Claude (1951-2014), known as "Baby Doc," succeeded him in 1971 as president for life, but was deposed in a coup d'état in 1986.


(French dyvalje)
1. (Biography) François (frɑ̃swa), known as Papa Doc. 1907–71, president of Haiti (1957–71)
2. (Biography) his son, Jean-Claude (ʒɑ̃klod), known as Baby Doc. born 1951, Haitian statesman; president of Haiti 1971–86; deposed; lived in exile in France before returning to Haiti in 2011


(ˌdu vælˈyeɪ, duˈvæl yeɪ)

François, (“Papa Doc”), 1907–71, Haitian dictator: president 1957–71.
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Noun1.Duvalier - son and successor of Francois Duvalier as president of Haiti; he was overthrown by a mass uprising in 1986 (born in 1951)
2.Duvalier - oppressive Haitian dictator (1907-1971)
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En abril de 1964 se comenzaron a difundir rumores relacionados con el interes de Duvalier en nombrarse presidente vitalicio.
occupation on Haitian politics, the Revolution of 1946, the rise of Frangois Duvalier, and the relationship between all three.
Duvalier upheld the colonial standard of modern civilization or progress (Mintz 282) and layered African traditions atop a corrupt colonial autocracy, embodying both revolution and corruption and creating a complex scene that shapes Ka's father.
Despite the efforts of Swiss authorities, legal constraints prevented the return of stolen assets held by the family of Haiti's ex-dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier in Switzerland, money that could be used for recovery following the natural disaster.
1957: Francois Duvalier (center) is elected President.
12) In the late 1970s, the ONAAC (13) spelling became widely used and that spelling was officialized by the Jean-Claude Duvalier government in 1983.
In the early 1990s, Kroll gained worldwide renown for his firm's success in searching for assets hidden by Haiti's Jean-Claude Duvalier, Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos of the Philippines and Saddam Hussein.
Francois Duvalier llego al poder con el apoyo de los grupos nacionalistas negros, los "noiristes", ademas de con la ayuda del pequeno sector empresarial negro, y en general de la mayoria de la poblacion haitiana.
While the timeframe of the three works encompasses the dictatorial regimes of Stenio Vincent (1930-1941), Elie Lescot (1941-1946), and Duvalier (1957-1971), it is Duvalier who is the ultimate villain in this decidedly patriarchal world.
6 million held by exiled former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier should not be returned to the quake-ravaged state but restituted to his family.
Francois Duvalier was elected president of Haiti in 1957 for a six-year term.
Naipaul once quoted Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier as saying.