[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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