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LATEST UPDATE: Aristide has Landed! - Jean-Bertrande Aristide is in-Flight for Port-au-Prince

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Aristide before the media (Al Jazeera)


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UPDATE: ARISTIDE HAS NOW LANDED IN PORT-AU-PRINCE - AMY GOODMAN REPORTS ON MP3 HERE AND HERE

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BREAKING FROM AL JAZEERA:


Haiti's former president has arrived back home from South Africa, ending seven years in exile.

Jean-Bertrand Aristide waved aside US concerns that his homecoming might disrupt Haiti's presidential runoff scheduled for Sunday, flying to Port-au-Prince, the capital, in a charter plane with his family.

The plane touched down at Port-au-Prince airport at 9:10am (1410GMT) on Friday.

Aristide, 57, who says Washington helped engineer his ouster in 2004, insists he will not be involved in politics.

He wants, he says, to lead his foundation's efforts to improve education in the impoverished Caribbean nation devastated by last year's catastrophic earthquake.

Aristide's supporters were preparing to give him a warm welcome, and banners welcoming "Titide" - as he is fondly known by many Haitians - have been strung across the streets of the capital.

"President Aristide is a strong leader who doesn't take orders from a superpower such as the United States," said Johnny Mazart, 36, a carpenter.

"That's why they ousted him, because he listened to the Haitian people, not foreigners."

Al Jazeera's Sebastian Walker, reporting from Port-au-Prince, said it: "The plane has just touched down right behind us and a huge cheer has gone up."

The arrival of Aristide is "an incredibly significant development in a very sensitive electoral process," said our correspondent.

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..embedded with Aristide? Not journalism. ... by Georgianne Nienaber on Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 9:42:47 PM
Saw the Godfather, didn't you, when they tried to ... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 9:49:49 PM
wondering why she is so fawning? ... by Georgianne Nienaber on Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 10:14:50 PM
Does not Compute. You will have to listen to her s... by Mac McKinney on Thursday, Mar 17, 2011 at 11:00:28 PM
But i have asked this question many times, and so ... by steve windisch on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 2:06:20 PM
The President, Preval, was OK, but some were kille... by Mac McKinney on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 3:26:52 PM
think that what it wants should take precedence ov... by Archie on Friday, Mar 18, 2011 at 5:05:07 PM