Children's Hope Solidarity Team at MABE Orphanage -- Gressier, Haiti

Children's Hope Solidarity Team at MABE Orphanage -- Gressier, Haiti

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Aristide says he will return to Haiti

[Editor's Note: Genuinely great news for the people of Haiti. Seven years too late, but certainly better than never. And a note to the UPI reporter: Believing that Haitians should lead the reconstruction effort in Haiti is not "anti-American." To suggest as much is pure foolishness. - Paul B]

Aristide says he will return to Haiti, Feb. 5, 2011 at 11:48 AM

LONDON, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide says he is ending a seven-year exile and returning to Haiti.

Writing in London's Guardian newspaper Saturday, Aristide said, "I will return to Haiti."

Political insiders said Aristide's return could further impact the country's tenuous political climate. Aristide's announcement came just days after the ruling Haitian government agreed to grant him a passport.

Aristide was removed from office in 2004 with the help of the United States government and he has been in exile since. His return could delay next month's presidential election, the report said.

Aristide said he wants to return to advance education in the country, which was struck by an earthquake in January 2010 that killed up to 300,000 people.

He has criticized the "profit-driven, exclusionary" method in which Haiti has rebuilt since the earthquake. He said "non-Haitians," led the rebuilding, hinting at his anti-American leadership methods.

If Aristide returns to Haiti he would join former dictator and adversary Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who returned to Haiti last month after 25 years in exile.

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