Former President Jean Bertrand Aristide returns to Haiti after receiving medical treatment in Cuba, 16.07.2021.
The founder of the political party Fanmi Lavalas was received by hundreds of supporters upon his arrival at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince.
Former Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide returned to the nation on Friday after spending more than a month in Cuba, where he received medical treatment.
Aristide was greeted by hundreds of supporters upon arrival at Toussaint Louverture International Airport in Port-au-Prince. His supporters launched slogans in support of the founder of the political party Fanmi Lavalas.
Among the cries of support that his supporters launched, there was a phrase that summarizes the importance of his return to Haiti: "The king has returned," expressed his followers, according to the AP agency.
On June 24, Aristide left for Cuba in a private plane, after testing positive for covid-19. The departure of the leader of Fanmi Lavalas was made possible by the efforts made by the then president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, to process a diplomatic passport for humanitarian reasons.
Aristide's state of health after his medical stay in Cuba is unknown. The popular excura has also not announced whether he has any political intentions. But their stay in Haiti, at a time of tension and instability following the assassination of Moïse, could be decisive in the current course of Haiti's faltering democracy.
After the assassination of Moïse at the hands of a command of Colombian and Haitian-American mercenaries who killed him in his private residence on July 7, Claude Joseph assumed the reins of the nation as interim prime minister, and in one of his first actions, decreed a state of siege, with the backing of security forces.
Amid the social upheaval over Moïse's murder, the political crisis was exacerbated by the 71-year-old neurologist Ariel Henry claiming the post of prime minister.
On Monday 5 July, just two days before his assassination, Moïse had appointed Henry as prime minister, but Henry was not invested. At that time, Haiti had two men claiming the nation's most important office. None of them ratified by Parliament.
In this state of political uncertainty, on July 9, the Senate of Haiti appointed the head of the upper house, Joseph Lambert, as the country's new provisional president, ignoring Joseph. The appointment was also questioned, because it was supported by eight of the 10 remaining senators out of a total of 30 seats.
Just over two months before the presidential and legislative elections, scheduled for September 26, Haiti is looking forward to finding institutional solutions to restore democratic normality.
The return of Aristide, a politician who has support in the social bases of marginalized neighborhoods, could add another actor in the fight for the presidency of Haiti. He is the first president to be democratically elected, and who was overthrown by a coup in 1991.
After his overthrow and subsequent exile, Aristide returned to the country seven years later and returned to the Presidency in 2001 and 2004. However, U.S. pressure led him to resign and leave Haiti again.
In the context of current uncertainty, the interim prime minister called on the various sectors to remain cohesive to "seek together" a solution to "define the Government" and "get a solution to the political crisis".