Haiti Braces for Dangerous Vote
Presidential election looms amid violence
Former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide took to the streets of Haiti for the first time in a year to rally supporters. Haitians vote for a new president on Sunday Oct. 25, 2015.
In mid-October 2015, 15 people died in gun battles involving the Haitian National Police, or HNP, in the slums of Cité Soleil. Amid the danger, thousands of Haitians showed up to cheer Aristide and Maryse Narcisse, the presidential candidate of his Lavalas Family party.
Aristide became Haiti’s first democratically elected president in 1990. Less than a year later, he was deposed in a military coup d’etat. The U.S. military returned him to power in 1994. After being elected again in 2000, he was ousted by a rebellion in 2004. Aristide accuses the United States of forcing him to resign.
In 2011, he returned from exile in South Africa. Aristide has mostly been keeping out of sight at his gated home since returning to Haiti.