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Government, Defense

Tontons Macoutes, Bertrand Aristide, national budget, political affairs, armed forces

Under the Francois Duvalier regime, two-thirds of the national budget was spent on the armed forces. In 1995 the government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide took steps to eliminate the military’s participation in political affairs. Aristide reduced the military from 7,000 to 1,500 members, removed 43 senior officers, recruited an entirely new police force and separated it from the military, and outlawed the Tontons Macoutes, a terrorist paramilitary organization.



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