[News] Constitution Allows for Aristide Return

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Thu Feb 23 08:32:37 EST 2006

Constitution Allows for Aristide Return

Port au Prince, Feb 23 (Prensa Latina) 
President-elect Rene Preval has pointed out that 
Haiti´s Constitution allows for the return home 
of former president Jean Bertrand Aristide, who 
was forcedly ousted in a US-backed coup in 2004.

"The former president´s return to this Caribbean 
nation cannot be banned," Preval told media on Wednesday.

My stand is simple, he said, regarding Aristide 
or any legal Haitian citizen who wants to come to 
Haiti, under the Constitution nationals do not 
need a visa to enter their own homeland.

In his first press conference since he won the 
elections on Feb 7, Preval confirmed doors are 
opened if Aristide´s return eventually occurs.

Meanwhile, from South Africa, Aristide expressed 
his intention to leave exile, though a final say 
on the matter is said to rest on the current 
Haitian president and other authorities.

"The date of my possible arrival in Haiti will 
result from consultations among Preval, the 
United Nations, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 
and South Africa," Aristide told media in an interview from Johannesburg.

The 55 year-old former president defended his 
right to return to Port au Prince, where he plans 
to be an ordinary citizen and devote himself to the education sector.

"I have the conviction that I can serve my nation 
without involving in politics, for the time being," he said.


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