Jean-Jacques Honorat, Haiti Prime Minister

Haiti's third Prime Minister, Jean-Jacques Honorat, came to the post after the 1991 coup which deposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his appointed Prime Minister, René Préval. Honorat, born on April 1, 1931 in the nation's capital, succeeded to the post under the new, provisional President, Joseph Nérette, but, like many others on the list of 17 since 1988, Honorat's stint would be short-lived and terminated after military dissatisfaction. He'd spent eight months in office before being fired after failing to garner the lifting of international sanctions put on Haiti. He also served from October of 1991 to the end of the year as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship.

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Accused of having ties to Francois (Papa Doc) Duvalier, even past the obvious, as Jean-Jacques Honorat had served as Minister of Tourism from '58 to '61, Honorat had admitted that their families were, indeed, close and in fact, there were family ties between them. However, in a December 1991 phone interview with correspondents from Washington D.C.'s EIR, he extemporized that he quickly became an activist after Duvalier staged the 1961 coup, which was why he left the post of tourism director. The rift between families would lead to Honorat's eventual exile to New York after Francois' son Jean-Claude Duvalier expelled him from the country in 1981.

Jean-Jacques Honorat would continue to be a successful and favored personality on the diplomatic scene, his degrees in agronomy and law, along with his fluency in French, Spanish and English serving him well throughout his remaining career. He would attain a certain level of infamy with embassies of the OAS and very vocally held the U.S. responsible for a famine after the embargo. He died at the age of 82.

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