Haitian leader Jean Bertrand Aristide, who is living in exile in South Africa, on Wednesday defended his decision to return home, saying it is his right as a citizen of the Caribbean nation. ''I have the right to be back,'' he said in an interview with international news agencies in Pretoria.
The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) on Monday welcomed the resignation of ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's pilot, Franz Gabriel, from Denel, saying his exposure to the country's ''extremely sophisticated'' information on weaponry was ''unacceptable''.
More than 5 000 supporters of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched in Haiti's capital on Wednesday to demand his return from exile, less than two weeks before a UN mandate upholding security in the strife-torn nation is set to expire. Aristide is currently based here in South Africa as a guest of the government.
''The sad truth for the millions of Haitians who had placed their destiny in the hands of Father Aristide in 1990 and again in 1994 is that he left a legacy of lies, intolerance, corruption, nepotism and conspiracy to eliminate his rivals and detractors.'' A noted former Haitian minister and international filmmaker says South Africa's guest of honour, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was neither priestly nor presidential and has left a legacy of terror as he enjoys his Pretoria exile.
Deposed Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife, Mildred, called on former South African president Nelson Mandela on Friday to ''thank him for his role in Haiti''. Aristide has been living in exile in South Africa with his wife and two daughters since May 31, three months after a popular uprising in Haiti forced him to flee.
More than 5 000 supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide marched through Haiti's capital on Friday, calling for his return and accusing the United States government of forcing his departure. The demonstration began in the hilltop slum of Bel Air and wound its way through neighbourhoods near the presidential palace.
Economic interests and countries such as France and the United States were behind a ''coup d'état'' that led to his ousting in February, former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide said on Monday. He said he will only contest elections in Haiti next year if the poll is guaranteed free and fair, and democratic.
Ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Sunday delivered a sermon at the St Michael's Anglican church in Alexandra township north of Johannesburg. Reverend Samson Makhalemele said the purpose of Aristide's visit was to worship and to feel the presence of the Lord.
Ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide is not a refugee in South Africa, but a free person and a guest of the government, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said on Wednesday. She told reporters in Pretoria that Aristide will be allowed to make political speeches while in the country.
Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide began his stay in South Africa on Monday by thanking his hosts in Zulu for allowing him and his family to enter the country. President Thabo Mbeki and a host of government ministers and diplomats gave him a high-powered, red-carpet welcome at Johannesburg International airport.
Ousted Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide has left the Caribbean for temporary asylum in South Africa, saying he plans to return to his troubled homeland one day. ''There is one elected president of Haiti ... and it's me,'' Aristide told reporters in Jamaica on Sunday, shortly before departing aboard a South African jet with his family and bodyguards.
Two days before ousted Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide and his family are to leave for temporary asylum in South Africa, it is still unclear who will pay the plane fare. Reports on Friday said the Jamaican and South African governments are arguing over who would pay to fly Aristide, his wife Mildred and their security.