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OAS pays tribute to late Haitian president Leslie Manigat

Saturday, July 12, 2014    

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) has paid tribute to former Haitian President Leslie Manigat, who died on June 27, at age 83.

Manigat, whose term as president was cut short by a military coup in 1988, died at his home in Haiti after a long period of illness.

The OAS Council meeting on Wednesday, which was chaired by the Permanent Representative of St Lucia Sonia Johnny, observed a minute of silence in Manigat's honour.

Interim Representative of Haiti to the OAS Bocchit Edmond noted Manigat's, "sense of the patriotic ideal and high esteem for Haiti as the first independent country in the Hemisphere. "His departure leaves an immeasurable void in the intellectual universe of Haiti and also in the region," he said.

"He was a great humanist and not only belonged to Haiti but to the whole world," he said, stressing Manigat's long academic career, during which he taught world history at universities in the United States, France and Venezuela.

OAS Secretary General José Manuel Insulza said when Professor Manigat took office in 1988, he did so with the purpose of working for democracy in Haiti.

"And that's why the military overthrew him four months later," Insulza said.

"It is right that we provide this tribute to someone who always strove to give Haiti the democracy to which all our countries are fully entitled."

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