Leslie Manigat Overthrown in Military Coup Months After Being Elected

Mr Manigat is an international affairs expert who graduated from the Political Studies Institute of Paris and studied history at Sorbonne University.

He became president in 1988, but was ousted in a military coup less than five months after his inauguration.

Leslie François Manigat (born August 13, 1930 in Port-au-Prince) was elected president of Haiti by a tightly controlled military held election in January 1988.

According to the Provisional Electoral Council (Conseil Electoral Provisoire, or CEP) he won the presidential election of January 17, 1988 with 50.29% of the votes, defeating ten other candidates. However, voter turnout was well under 10%. Few historians and vote monitors consider this election to have been democratic. He was inaugurated on February 7, 1988, but was overthrown by Gen. Henri Namphy on June 20, 1988. He ran for president again in the February 2006 election but was defeated, receiving 12.40% of the vote and placing a distant second behind René Préval‎.