Aristide to leave for Haiti soon

2011-03-11 22:47
Johannesburg - A South African official says ousted ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide will return to Haiti within days, after seven years in exile.

The South African foreign ministry official said that Aristide would return before the country's presidential runoff vote on March 20.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to make the official announcement.

Haitian and US officials have said that Aristide's presence could disrupt the vote.

Three weeks ago, thousands of Aristide supporters protested in Port-au-Prince, the capital, threatening to disrupt the election if he did not return home.

Aristide fled Haiti on February 29 2004 on a US plane as rebels approached the capital.


- SAPA
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