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Haiti's Duvalier Leaves Port-au-Prince Hospital


Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, center, leaves Canape Vert Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 29, 2011

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, center, leaves Canape Vert Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 29, 2011

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier has been released from a Port-au-Prince hospital, where he was being treated for an undisclosed ailment.

Mr. Duvalier, who is known as "Baby Doc," was discharged Tuesday, nearly one week after he was admitted. A family friend is quoted as saying all sorts of tests were conducted and that Mr. Duvalier is fine.

The former dictator made a surprise return to Haiti in January, 25 years after he was forced into exile following a popular uprising. Since his return to Haiti, he has been charged with corruption, embezzlement and other abuses of power from his brutal, 15-year rule that ended in 1986. Authorities also have confiscated his passport.

Mr. Duvalier's release from the hospital comes as Haiti awaits the results of a March 20 presidential runoff election between popular entertainer Michel Martelly and former first lady Mirlande Manigat. The person who wins the vote will succeed outgoing President Rene Preval.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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