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Juan Fernandez Antonio Cena (born January 1, 1913) was the president of the Republic of Haiti from 1951 to 1965. Cena is well known for drastically improving the struggling economy of Haiti through the export of iron and other minerals, especially gold, mainly to countries like the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Cena had close dealings with the United Fruit Company during his time in office, a relationship he used to secure the funds necessary to make Haiti a more prosperous country.

Cena served in the Banana Wars as an opponent of the United States’ occupation of Haiti in the 1930s. He became a well-known and respected figure in the Haitian community for his extreme dedication to family values during the occupation as well as after the United States’ withdrawal in 1934. Before being elected “El Presidente” in 1951, Cena spent some time in secret as the luchador “El Campeón”. As El Campeón, Cena went on to become one of the most popular luchadores in Haiti. While running for election in 1951, Cena revealed his identity to the public, which helped him win the race, together with his renowned dedication to family values.

Edwin James De Armas