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    THE NEW PRESIDENT OF HAITI, 19-YEAR-OLD JEAN-CLAUDE DUVALIER, HAS ALREADY BROKEN ONE OF HIS LATE FATHER'S STRICTEST CUSTOMS--LAST MONDAY (26 APRIL) HE WALKED FREELY AMONG THE PEOPLE ON THE WAY TO VISIT THE BARRACKS OF HIS SPECIAL TROOPS, THE DESSALINE BATTALION. "PAPA DOC" DUVALIER WAS RARELY SEEN BY HIS SUBJECTS.

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    THE NEW PRESIDENT OF HAITI, 19-YEAR-OLD JEAN-CLAUDE DUVALIER, HAS ALREADY BROKEN ONE OF HIS LATE FATHER'S STRICTEST CUSTOMS--LAST MONDAY (26 APRIL) HE WALKED FREELY AMONG THE PEOPLE ON THE WAY TO VISIT THE BARRACKS OF HIS SPECIAL TROOPS, THE DESSALINE BATTALION. "PAPA DOC" DUVALIER WAS RARELY SEEN BY HIS SUBJECTS. LIKE HIS FATHER, JEAN-CLAUDE, THE WORLD'S YOUNGEST PRESIDENT, IS SURROUNDED CONTINUALLY BY ARMED BODYGUARDS. BUT THE LONG-PREDICTED POWER STRUGGLE HAS NOT-YET ERUPTED. THIS FILM, APART FROM SEVERAL GOOD SHOTS OF THE NEW PRESIDENT, ALSO INCLUDES GOOD CLOSE-UPS OF THREE OF THE MOST POWERFUL MEN--COLONEL GRACIA JAQUES, HEAD OF THE PRESIDENTIAL GUARD, FRANK ROMAIN, CHIEF OF POLICE, AND MAX DOMINIQUE, HUSBAND OF THE PRESIDENT'S ELDER SISTER, MARIE-LOUISE DUVALIER, AND AT PRESENT AMBASSADOR TO SPAIN. IF A POWER-STRUGGLE DOES BEGIN, THESE MEN ARE LIKELY TO PLAY MAJOR ROLES.

    SYNOPSIS: JEAN-CLAUDE DUVALIER, THE NEW PRESIDENT OF HAITI, REVIEWS TROOPS FROM HIS BALCONY. THAT IN IT SELF IS REMARKABLE. IT'S A BREAK FROM THE PRACTICE OF HIS FATHER, THE LATE "PAPA DOC" DUVALIER...HE RARELY SHOWED HIMSELF TO THE PUBLIC. THE FIRST GOOD LOOK MOST OF HIS SUBJECTS GOT AT HIM WAS WHEN HE WAS DEAD, LYING IN HIS COFFIN. BUT JEAN-CLAUDE HAS BEEN VISITING SEVERAL GROUPS IN PORT-AU-PRINCE. HERE HE'S VISITING THE BARRACKS OF HIS SPECIAL TROOPS THE DESSALINE BATTALION.

    THERE WAS GREAT EXCITEMENT AT THE THOUGHT OF CATCHING A GLIMPSE OF THE PRESIDENT. IT'S SAID THAT WHEN "PAPA DOC" VISITED THE BARRACKS, HE WENT BY MEANS OF A SECRET TUNNEL. BUT STILL THERE'S A STRONG BODYGUARD FOR THE NEW PRESIDENT WHEREVER HE GOES. THIS IS COLONEL GRACIA JAQUES, HEAD OF THE PRESIDENTIAL PALACE. HE, AND MAX DOMINIQUE, HUSBAND OF MARIE-LOUISE, JEAN-CLAUDE'S AMBITIOUS ELDER SISTER, AT PRESENT AMBASSADOR TO SPAIN, COULD HOLD THEY KEY IF THE LONG-PREDICTED POWER-STRUGGLE EVER ERUPTS. ANOTHER KEY FIGURE IS FRANK ROMAIN, CHEF OF POLICE.

    THESE MEN SEEM ON THE OUTSIDE AT LEAST TO BE COMPLETELY LOYAL TO THE NEW PRESIDENT. JEAN-CLAUDE, AT 19 THE WORLD'S YOUNGEST PRESIDENT, HOPES TO KEEP ALL THE LEADERS OF THE VARIOUS POWER GROUPS ON HIS SIDE, BY MERELY CONTINUING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF HIS FATHER. BUT SPECULATION NOW CONCENTRATES ON THE RELATIONSHIP OF THE STRONG MEN TO EACH OTHER. ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN.

    IN THE MEANTIME, JEAN-CLAUDE DUVALIER HAS BROKEN WITH ANOTHER OF HIS FATHER'S PRACTICES.... BY GIVING AN INTERVIEW TO THE FOREIGN PRESS. THE PRESIDENT SAID HE WAS GLAD TO MEET THE PRESS, AND WAS HAPPY THAT THE PRESS HAD BEEN THERE TO FOLLOW HIM AROUND IN THE MORNING AND WITNESS THE WELCOME HE HAD RECEIVED FROM HIS SOLDIERS, HIS POLICE AND FROM HIS PEOPLE. HE SAID HIS NEW GOVERNMENT WOULD BE OPEN TO THE PRESS, AND THAT IF QUESTIONS WERE SUBMITTED THE ANSWERS WOULD BE SENT ROUND TO THE HOTEL.

    ARMED GUARDS AND POLICEMEN FOLLOWED THE PRESIDENT EVERYWHERE, IN RECOGNITION OF THE NUMEROUS ATTEMPTS ON THE LIFE OF "PAPA DOC". EVEN AS THE NEW PRESIDENT OPENS UP SLIGHTLY IN HIS RELATIONS WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD, THE HAITI OF"PAPA DOC" DOMINATES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6M8RN63ATXPYXHUCO1C70GL32
    Media URN:
    VLVA6M8RN63ATXPYXHUCO1C70GL32
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/04/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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