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Former Dictator 'Baby Doc' Duvalier Back In Haiti

People search through rubble from the January 12, 2010 earthquake, Port au Prince
In a surprise move, former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier has returned from exile to his Caribbean homeland.

Duvalier arrived in the capital Port-au-Prince aboard an Air France plane.

Duvalier has been living in exile in Paris since fleeing Haiti in 1986 after a popular uprising and U.S. pressure.

He and his supporters had been accused of corruption, political repression, and human rights abuses.

Duvalier said he had returned to Haiti to help rebuild the country, still reeling from an earthquake one year ago.

Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, is also dealing with political uncertainty following contested November 28 presidential and legislative elections.

A team of experts from the of Organization of American States has challenged the preliminary officials results in a report to outgoing President Rene Preval.

compiled from agency reports