P205 CEEFAX 205 Fri 7 Feb 19:21/10   1/2     Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier has left the unsettled Caribbean island in a US Air Force plane. A State Department official said Mr Duvalier had requested US assistance. President Duvalier handed over power to a six-man military commission before leaving. He is expected to land in Grenoble, France, tonight but no details of his eventual destination have been released His departure has been celebrated in carnival-style in Port au Prince with thousands dancing in the streets. News index 102/202 More
P205 CEEFAX 205 Fri 7 Feb 19:20/11   2/2  BACKGROUND   President Duvalier, who left Haiti today, had been facing rising protests against the regime founded by his father, "Papa Doc". He abandoned his father's use of voodoo to frighten his subjects but he effectively suppressed any opposition. Anti-government demonstrations, not seen in Haiti for 30 years, erupted in 1984 and intensified after five people died in a protest last November. More people died in continuing unrest and Mr Duvalier was forced to declare a 30-day state of siege on January 31. News index 102/202 More