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In pictures: Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Aristide as priest in 1988
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In the 1980s Jean-Bertrand Aristide was a prominent priest opposed to the Duvalier regime and in 1990 he became Haiti's first democratically elected president.
Brigadier-General Raoul Cedras
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General Raoul Cedras ousted President Aristide in a bloody coup in 1991 - but US pressure forced him from power in 1994.
Ex-US President Clinton bids farewell to Aristide, Oct 1994
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The then US President, Bill Clinton, helped end the reign of terror in Haiti, reinstating Mr Aristide.
Aristide with military leader Jean-Claude Duperval on return to Haiti, Oct 1994
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He returned to Haiti from exile in October 1994 - in the same year he left the priesthood.
US troops securing Port-au-Prince airport, Nov 1994
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The US sent 20,000 troops to bolster his new administration.
Demonstrators erecting barricades during 2000 election campaign in Port-au-Prince
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President Aristide was re-elected in 2000 - but the poll was marred by allegations of vote-rigging and violence.
South African President Thabo Mbeki (2nd left) marks 200th anniversary of Haitian independence with Aristide
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Unrest also overshadowed the 200th anniversary of Haiti's independence in January 2004.
Police watch supporters of Aristide at rally to mark his third anniversary in office, 7 Feb 2004, in Port-au-Prince
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As rebels in the north tightened their grip Mr Aristide tried to rally his dwindling supporters.
Anti-Aristide Resistance Front chants anti-Aristide songs in Gonaives, 11 February 2004
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Anti-Aristide protests escalated and the armed opposition seized the city of Gonaives.
Aristide and his wife Mildred (left) at at the presidential palace, 21 Feb 2004
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President Aristide accepted an international peace plan - but his opponents insisted he must go.


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