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Emile Jonassaint, 82, the military-backed Haitian president...


Emile Jonassaint, 82, the military-backed Haitian president whose surrender to a U.S.-led force paved the way for his nation's bloodless return to democracy, died Tuesday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Mr. Jonassaint, a supreme court justice, was appointed on May 11, 1994. The army had ousted elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in a 1991 coup. Mr. Jonassaint's regime was denounced abroad as illegal.

On Sept. 17, 1994, a delegation led by former President Jimmy Carter arrived in Haiti on a last-ditch mission to persuade the regime to step down. Mr. Jonassaint capitulated the next day. Two days later, the U.S.-led force landed without resistance and Haiti's military leaders agreed to go into exile.

A lawyer, Mr. Jonassaint began his political career as a senator during the 1950s dictatorship of Gen. Paul Magloire. He withdrew from politics during the 1957-1986 Duvalier dictatorship.

In 1986, he became president of the constituent assembly, which drafted a constitution that was ratified in 1987.

Mary Wickes, 79, an actress who played a spirited nun in "Sister Act," died Sunday in Los Angeles after complications from surgery. Her credits included 50 movies, 27 Broadway productions and 10 television series.

Joey Rodgers, 9, a Norwich, Conn., boy whose intestinal transplant in June enabled him to eat food for the first time in his life, died Tuesday in Pittsburgh after his body rejected the organ.

Linda Goodman, 70, whose down-to-earth insights into character traits were credited with bringing astrology out of the occult section and onto the best-seller lists with the 1968 publication of "Sun Signs," died Saturday of complications of diabetes in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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