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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.
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(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
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(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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Duvalier, looking somewhat frail, made a surprise return to Haiti in 2011, allowing victims of his regime to pursue legal claims against him and prompting some old allies to rally around him.
FORMER Haiti dictator Baby Doc Duvalier died yesterday in the country where he ruled by terror for 15 years.