Haitian presidential candidate stops in Florida

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Posted: Mar 03, 2011 6:26 PM
Haitian presidential candidate stops in Florida

A former first lady of Haiti who is running to be its president says it would be better if ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide waited to return to the Caribbean country until after the next round of elections.

Mirlande Manigat spoke at a news conference Thursday at Miami International Airport.

She says the presence of both Aristide and ex-dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier in Haiti could agitate people who need to be convinced to vote in the presidential runoff election March 20.

But Manigat says there's nothing she can do to block Aristide if he wants to return before then.

Manigat faces former singer Michel "Sweet Mickey" Martelly.

Martelly attended a private fundraiser and greeted supporters and other Haitian musicians at events Wednesday.