Exiled Aristide Returns to Haiti
Posted on Mar 18, 2011
Arriving on a charter jet from South Africa, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has returned to Port-au-Prince after seven years in exile.
Aristide was removed from power in 2004 in a coup that he claims was orchestrated by the U.S. —JCL
Los Angeles Times:
In the face of international pressure to keep him out, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned home Friday after seven years in exile, tossing a combustible new ingredient into the presidential election that is scheduled to take place Sunday.
Aristide arrived on a charter flight from South Africa, where he has lived for most of the time since he was flown out of Haiti on a U.S.-supplied plane amid turmoil in 2004.
He was greeted at a VIP arrival area at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, by some supporters and 100 or so airport workers, some waving little Haitian flags.
AP / Ramon Espinosa
Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is greeted by supporters at the airport in Port-au-Prince on Friday.