Haitians ventured back into the streets Tuesday after a military coup catapulted Lt. Gen. Henri Namphy back to power after four months of civilian rule and ended hopes for democracy.
Some telephone service was restored after being cut Monday. The streets filled with cars and people in the morning after being nearly deserted the previous morning.Scattered gunfire was heard in the streets overnight and into the dawn, but there were no signs of factional fighting. Soldiers have often fired their weapons into the air to frighten civilians from the street since the coup.
Namphy re-established military rule by decree and named his own government Monday just hours after rallying troops, who seized the national palace and quickly ousted President Leslie Manigat's 4-month-old civilian government.
The ex-president, a 57-year-old former political science professor, was expelled with his family to the Dominican Republic, which shares the Caribbean island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
He issued a statement through a spokesman saying he was unhurt and would soon speak to reporters. Dominican government sources said Manigat might travel to Venezuela, where he had been offered political asylum and lived in exile in the late 1970s.
Hilarion Cardozo, president of the Christian Democratic Organization of America, based in the Venezuelan capital, said Tuesday he spoke to Manigat by telephone.
"President Manigat is in good spirits and is disposed to fight hard for the return of democracy to his country," Cardozo told The Associated Press.
"He planned to come to Venezuela as soon as possible, but after receiving political asylum from the Dominican Republic he decided to stay more time in Santo Domingo and decide later his definitive residence," he said. Cardozo said he and Manigat would go to Rome for a meeting June 28 of the world's Christian Democratic Parties.