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Jean-Bertrand Aristide exile ends with rapturous welcome home to Haiti

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Haiti's former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, with his wife Mildred behind him as he is greeted by tens of thousands in Port-au-Prince after seven years of exile in South Africa. Photograph: Alexandre Meneghini/AP

For many Haitians, the former populist president who helped oust the Duvalier regime is still admired as a champion of the poor. His repatriation in defiance of US efforts to keep him away until Sunday’s election has run its course is seen by many as a restitution of dignity. “President Aristide is a strong leader who doesn’t take orders from a superpower such as the United States,” said Johnny Mazart, 36, a carpenter. “That’s why they ousted him, because he listened to the Haitian people, not foreigners,”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/18/aristide-returns-haiti-election-eve

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Written by peripheralrevision

03/18/2011 at 5:13 pm

Posted in Haiti

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