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Prosper Avril

Prosper Avril was President of Haiti.

Matthieu Prosper Avril (born December 12, 1937) is a Haitian politician. He was President of Haiti from 1988 to 1990. Avril led the September 1988 Haitian coup d'état against a transition military government installed after Jean-Claude Duvalier's 1986 overthrow.

Prosper Avril
36th President of Haiti
In office
September 17, 1988 – March 10, 1990[1]
Preceded byHenri Namphy
Succeeded byHérard Abraham
Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Haiti
In office
September 19, 1988 – March 10, 1990
Preceded byCarl-Michel Nicholas
Succeeded byHerard Abraham
Member of the Provisional Government of Haiti
In office
February 7, 1987 – March 21, 1987
PresidentHenri Namphy
Personal details
Matthieu Prosper Avril

(1937-12-12) December 12, 1937 (age 81)
Thomazeau, Haiti
Spouse(s)Marie-Ange Nazon

Avril was President until March 1990. He was arrested under human rights violation in 2001, but released in March 2004 after the 2004 Haitian coup d'état overthrew Jean-Bertrand Aristide.


  1. "MAJOR CHANGES IN HAITI'S RECENT HISTORY". New York Times. March 11, 1990. Retrieved March 7, 2011.