[R-G] Jesse Jackson hails Aristide as Haiti's 'legitimate' leader
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Wed Oct 26 15:13:19 MDT 2005
Jesse Jackson hails Aristide as Haiti's 'legitimate' leader
Wed Oct 26,12:33 PM ET
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - US civil rights leader
Jesse Jackson voiced strong support for Jean-Bertrand Aristide after
meeting with the ousted Haitian leader, saying he was a "legitimate"
president who had been overthrown by Washington.
"The people did not remove him, the US government removed him," Jackson
told reporters after meeting with South Africa's anti-apartheid icon
"He did not finish his term. He was a legitimate democratic elected
leader," said Jackson, who met Aristide on Tuesday.
"I've known him for a long time," he said, adding: "We regard him as a
Aristide swept to power in Haiti in 1990, only to be overthrown in a
coup eight months later. With backing from the United States, he
returned to power in 1994 but fell from grace amid claims of
vote-rigging in the 2000 elections and political violence.
Faced with an armed insurrection and large street protests, Aristide
bowed to pressure from the United States, France and Canada and fled
Haiti on February 29 last year. He has been living in exile in South
Africa since May 31 with his wife and two daughters.
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