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.

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