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Smarck Michel, a businessman who served for almost a year as Haiti’s prime minister after the U.S. restored President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power in the mid-1990s, died Saturday, the Associated Press reports. He was 75 years old.

Kenneth Michel said his father died in the family home in a neighborhood above the capital of Port-au-Prince following a brain tumor.

Smarck Michel was born March 29, 1937, in St. Marc, a port city north of the capital, and moved around the country during his childhood because his father was serving in the Haitian armed forces.

Mr. Michel attended college in New York, then returned to Haiti in the 1950s to help run the bakery his father had started. He later ran a grocery store in downtown Port-au-Prince.

Mr. Michel became prime minister in 1994, one month after a U.S.-led multinational military force restored Mr. Aristide to the presidency after three years…

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