Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Country Ruled: Haiti

Years Ruled: 1991, 1994-1996, 2001-2004

Current Residence: Central African Republic

Biography:

Mr. Aristide's qualifications as a dictator are most excellent. Mr. Aristide was ousted by a military coup in 1991, but recovered his dictatorship with the help of his close personal friend Bill Clinton. This shows a tenacity not seen in other Haitian dictators. In 1996, Mr. Aristide once again lost the presidency due to term limits contained in the Haitian constitution. Again showing the great tenacity which has characterized his career, Mr. Aristide ran for the presidency of Haiti in 2000. With the aid of significant election fraud, Mr. Aristide once again took power in 2001. Mr. Aristide survived another coup attempt in 2001, but was finally deposed and forced to flee the country in 2004.

Jean-Bertrand was born in Port-Salut, Haiti. He graduated from Notre Dame in 1974. Jean-Bertrand also studied at La Vega, Grand Seminaire Notre Dame, and the State University of Haiti. Mr. Aristide completed his post-graduate studies in 1979. Mr. Aristide was ordained as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church in 1983.

Jean-Bertrand left the priesthood in 1995 and married Midred Trouillot in 1996.

Mr. Aristide has authored several books including: Why (1978); Raise the Table (1986); 100 Verses of Dechoukaj (1986); The Truth in Truth (1989); In the Parish of the Poor (1990); Aristide: An Autobiography (1992); Theology and and Politics (1993); Dignity (1995); and Eyes of the Heart: Seeking a Path for the Poor in the Age of Globalization (2000). He is fluent in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Hebrew, English and in his native Creole and French. Mr. Aristide is an accomplished musician and composer, he plays the guitar, saxophone, organ, drums, clarinet and piano.

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Mr. Aristide is hoping to return to Haiti, but will accept assignments in other countries.


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