Events in Haiti moved rapidly since Friday, when [Henri Namphy], as head of the armed forces, tried to remove [Jean-Claude Paul] from his post. [Leslie Manigat] then placed Namphy under house arrest and made a broad series of reassignments in military and civilian government in an apparent attempt to consolidate his power.
Now that Manigat has left the country, it is unclear what course the power struggle will take. One surprise during Namphy's breast-beating appearance on the lawn of the grand, whitewashed National Palace yesterday was the presence of Paul and other officers who had allied themselves with Manigat.
"If there is an alliance between Manigat and Jean-Claude Paul, and Namphy took over the power," said Henri-Robert Lamothe of the Haitian Task Force, in Washington, "then the question is what's going to happen to Jean-Claude Paul?"