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Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Representing the 43rd District of California

Associated Press: US lawmaker voices shock at Duvalier's return

January 19, 2011
In The News

A U.S. congresswoman with long-standing interest in Haiti says she is worried that wealthy Haitians may have promoted the return of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, hoping to benefit if he returns to power.

Rep. Maxine Waters said late Tuesday she was concerned that Duvalier's wealthy supporters may have tried to take advantage of an electoral dispute that has forced delays in a presidential runoff vote. She says a power vacuum is possible when President Rene Preval leaves office on Feb. 7.

A statement issued by the California Democrat's office in Washington says Duvalier's return "raises serious questions about who in Haiti facilitated his return and what his supporters expect to gain by bringing him back."