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Second former Haitian leader wants to return

HAITIANS adjusting to the sudden return of one exiled ex-president could soon have another on their hands.

As former dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier held court with allies at an upscale hotel this week, ousted former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide sent out a letter saying he is ready to come back from six years of South African exile "today, tomorrow, at any time".

"As far as I am concerned, I am ready," he wrote in an email distributed by supporters. "The purpose is very clear: to contribute to serving my Haitian sisters and brothers as a simple citizen in the field of education." Aristide was ousted in 2004, leaving Haiti aboard a US plane as a small group of rebels neared the capital.

Irish Independent