Sunday, February 29, 2004

Bertie takes it on the lam!

Aristide Flees Haiti; Leadership Unclear
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled Haiti on Sunday, bowing to pressure from a rebellion at home and governments abroad, U.S. and Haitian officials said.
A senior U.S. official said Aristide flew from Haiti on a corporate jet that left at 6:45 a.m. He was accompanied by members of his security detail but his destination was unclear. An Associated Press reporter saw an unmarked white jet take off from Port-au-Prince's airport about that time Sunday morning.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he could provide no other details because Aristide had not yet arrived at his destination.

Aristide's Cabinet minister and close adviser Leslie Voltaire said Aristide was on board along with his palace security chief Frantz Gabriel.
Voltaire said Aristide was flying to the Dominican Republic and would seek asylum in Morocco, Taiwan or Panama.

In Morocco, a high-ranking Foreign Ministry official said Aristide is not heading for the North African kingdom.
I'll bet a fiver that wherever he ends up, he won't be standing on street corners with a sign that says "Will brutalize for food."
It was not clear where Aristide's wife, Mildred Trouillot Aristide, was. The couple had sent their two daughters to Trouillot's mother in New York City last week.
Aw, not the USA! Hey, maybe he could be the house guest of Rep. Corrine Brown! That would be enlightening for everyone.