Haiti's ex-president Aristide leaves South Africa for home ahead of elections

14:10, March 18, 2011      

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Haiti's former president Jean Bertrand Aristide on Thursday left South Africa to return home ahead of presidential elections on Sunday at the Caribbean island, media reports said.

Aristide boarded a plane in South Africa, where he has lived in exile since fleeing a violent uprising in Haiti in 2004.

Aristide, who still enjoys broad popular support by Haiti's poorest working classes, has been elected president of Haiti three times, first from 1990-1991, then from 1994 to 1996, and again from 2001 to 2004.

The U.S. earlier this week appealed to Aristide to postpone his return to Haiti until after the electoral process was completed, to allow the election process to go ahead in a peaceful environment and without the influence of Aristide. The U.S. also asked the government of South Africa to intervene, a request which was immediately rejected by South Africa's vice- president, who said it had no business or legal facilities to do so.

Source: Xinhua

 
 
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