Francois-Wolff Ligonde, 85; bishop backed Haiti regime


PORT-AU-PRINCE — Bishop François-Wolff Ligonde, who presided over the lavish wedding of former dictator Jean-Claude ‘‘Baby Doc’’ Duvalier and was viewed as an ardent supporter of the regime, died Monday, a Haiti radio station reported. He was 85.

Born in the southern coastal town of Les Cayes, Bishop Ligonde served as the archbishop of Port-au-Prince.

He was best known as a supporter of the Duvalier regime that ruled over Haiti from 1957 to 1986, when Baby Doc Duvalier fled into exile, and after.

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