Saturday, January 22, 2011

Another ousted president wants to return to Haiti


After last Sunday's surprise arrival of dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, another deposed Haitian leader declared his intention of returning to his home country according to Voice of America Website.
Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the first democratically-elected leader of the country, has been living in exile in South Africa after he was ousted in a February 2004 rebellion.
The 57-year-old Aristide expressed that wants to help rebuild Haiti and hopes that his host country will make his return possible.
The US said that with the arrival of deposed Duvalier, Aristide's return is the "last thing the country needs."
US officials did not comment whether Washington is putting pressure to South Africa not to allow him to go back.
It was further reported that recovery from the earthquake and problematic elections will be hampered by the presence of Duvalier and the possible return of the exiled leader.
Aristide was president of Haiti on 7 February to 30 September 1991; 12 October 1994 to 7 February 1996; and 7 February 2001 to 29 February 2004.
He claims that the coup d'etat which unseated him was orchestrated by the White House. He was sent to Central African Republic after he left the country and settled in South Africa.
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