Sources: Aristide Will Speak Next Month
- Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:58 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht/AP) - Former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will make his first major public appearance since his triumphant return to Haiti in March after seven years in exile, a close ally said Tuesday.
Former Sen. Louis Gerald Gilles told The Associated Press the former leader planned to attend a ceremony in October to inaugurate the expansion of his university and will deliver a speech on education. Gilles, a physician who served as a senator from Aristide's Lavalas party during the leader's second term, did not provide the exact day in October when the event would take place.
Upon his March return at the airport in Port-au-Prince, Aristide denounced the exclusion of his political party from a recent presidential election.
Since then, he has avoided making public appearances and remained in his private compound on the northeastern end of the capital. He has also declined numerous media requests to be interviewed.
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Source: Associated Press