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DutchLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-17-10 05:59 PM
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12. Was Aristide democratically elected? I doubt it.
In the 2000 presidential and parliamentary elections, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his Fanmi Lavalas party claimed victory with a turnout that hardly rose above 10 per cent of the voters. The opposition, as well as members of the international community, contested the results and accused the Government of manipulating them.

From: http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minustah/bac...

Aristide's party controlled the Provisional Election Commission. It declared the official results when counting had barely even began. It ignored the constitutional requirement for run-off.

From: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/16126

Aristide also was caught up in drug trafficking, cronyism, and corruption (involving a number of telecom schemes).
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