The people of Haiti went to the polls on Sunday, January 31st, to vote on a referendum to ratify Jean Claude Duvalier to succeed his father, Dr.
GV Crowds in front of City Hall
LV Portrait of Duvalier
CU Portrait of Jean Claude Duvalier
SV PAN People queue to vote
SV People voting (3 shots)
GV Crowd outside City Hall
LV Portrait of Jean Claude Duvalier
GV Jubilant crowds on lorries through city (3 shots)
SV People dance in street.
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Background: The people of Haiti went to the polls on Sunday, January 31st, to vote on a referendum to ratify Jean Claude Duvalier to succeed his father, Dr. Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier, as permanent President of the country. After the voting, the crowds took to the streets singing and dancing in celebration.
Film out of Haiti is rare--and this one was filmed by the National Newsreel company of the Dominican Republic.
The referendum followed 63-year-old President Duvalier's January 2nd Message to the Nation, when he announced that he would hand over power to youth when the time came. Although he did not specifically name his 20-year-old son as his successor, the Army Chiefs pledged their allegiance to him and to Jean Claude five days later.