Aristide heading home

2011-03-15 22:39

Port-au-Prince - Ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is to end seven years in exile in South Africa and return to Haiti on Thursday, three days ahead of a presidential run-off election, a source told AFP.

"Aristide is expected this Thursday in Port-au-Prince," the source, close to the three-time former president, said on condition of anonymity.

The United States has urged Aristide to postpone his return until after Sunday's vital presidential run-off.

November's first-round election was marred by violence and fraud and the shattered country is still struggling to rebuild after a devastating earthquake 14 months ago that killed some 250 000 people.

Aristide was ousted from office twice, eventually fleeing a 2004 popular uprising aboard a US plane.

But he remains a popular figure in certain quarters in Haiti, especially in the capital's teeming slums, and in the tent cities that have sprung up since the January 2010 earthquake where many decry the slow pace of progress.

  • cgtours - 2011-03-15 23:50

    Bloody high time he pushed off, living in luxury here o Tax money. ket the buggers go and sort put their flippin own countries- we have serious poverty hunger of our own.. God bye and never come back !!

  • cgtours - 2011-03-16 00:18

    sorry my keyboard is getting stuck and playing up! I meant bloody high time he hightails it out of ourCountry. Maybe ANC can tell us TAXPAYERS/,,not Voters.. too few Taxpayers and TOO MANY VOTERS. how much he cost South Africa? Goodbye, bugger off forever, we cannot afford to pay anymore-we are becoming FED UP!!Our own people are starving, black.white/coloured/ whatever and our Government is SPENDING SPENDING SPENDING LUXURY CAR/ HOMES/PARTIES..tHEY BETTER WAKE UP!! Starvation is already here NOT where they live but where the voters live!!YOU are NOT our MASTERS , your are ONLY in PARLIAMEMNT because you were voted there, we can change out VOTE. YOU all of you can never never even smell MADIBAS SOLES, ANC in Parliament todaycorrruptrupt,adisgrace,uneducated,laughing stock of the world ..How the hell did such a bunch of FOOLS succeed a man like Mandela, Oliver Tambo etc. They are a disgrace and the world is changing daily their opinion of the Circus we call ANC Governnment. We are already starting to be written off as another basket case in Africa. I mean really just look at the record!! since Zuma took over..At least Mbeki was a Statesman to some extent for Africa.. this one is laughing stock behind his back wherever he goes..If he does not have a shower above his head -his wife the poor thing , has a cellphone to her ear in the company of Priince Charles, Siestog man!Die ding die cellphone is so important(must have)surprised the pap pot and the maqeau did not go with.

      Klaus - 2011-03-16 01:48

      Have another beer, but i still have to agree with you! Sadly true, thanks for the lough!

  • Slapper - 2011-03-16 06:58

    As the Song goes, "Bye Bye Blackbird, Pack up all your cares and go". we need the mansion and all the perks for the next tyrant. Gaddafi may be on his way.

  • Xram62 - 2011-03-16 07:15

    Is he now going to get a real job in Haiti and start repaying his "hotel bill" from South Africa? Oops, sorry, I forgot. It doesn't work like that in South Africa....Everything here is for free and on the house...Come and stay for however long you want, for free. Come and get medical attention while you stay over in the Westcliffe Hotel. The taxpayers will pay. Come and get yourself a job...there's lots here. Bring your poorest of the poor...we won't prevent them from stealing as much and as quickly as they possibly can....Let the voters eat cake!!!

  • Ross - 2011-03-16 07:29

    Don't forget the wife and children. Remember the furniture belongs to the SA government and that includes the oil paintings.

      Ross - 2011-03-16 08:11

      Sorry forgot about the silver cutlery that is also our stuff.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-03-16 07:31

    About time !!!! Good riddance!!! Hopefully he and his dependents will never be allowed back into South Africa again. Now all that needs to be done is for us to permanently rid ourselves of all the other unwanted 'freeloaders' living here at taxpayers' expense. The sooner, the better.

  • ChiefN - 2011-03-16 07:35

    Good riddance. our loss, their gain

  • BigMoose - 2011-03-16 08:03

    Good riddance.

  • Wynand - 2011-03-16 08:23

    Jippee!! Voertsek vuilgoed. En neem jou tjommies saam!

      Rethabile - 2011-03-18 10:14

      u guys make me laugh, u are such bad hosts *laughing out loud*, with the rate that zuma is destroying this country it wont be long before we are refugees ourselves, we better be nice to foreigners, who knows, 5 years down the line we will be seaking assyllum in haiti!

  • ArtGee - 2011-03-16 09:35

    It reported that approx 200 000 Taxpayers congregated at O R Thambo airoport to see Aristide off!

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