Aristide arrives back in Haiti

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 21, 2011 11:38 AM
Aristide arrives back in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti's former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide arrived back in his Caribbean homeland Friday, returning from exile in South Africa just days before a crucial Haitian presidential election.

The charter plane carrying Aristide and his family touched down at Port-au-Prince airport at 9.10 a.m. local time (10:10 a.m. EST)

Aristide, 57, who was ousted from Haiti in 2004 through an armed rebellion, had ignored a direct plea from the United States to delay his return until after Sunday's presidential vote.

(Reporting by Joseph Guyler Delva; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)