Supporters fete former Haiti leader

Mildred Aristide, wife of Haiti’s former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, left, attends an event making Aristide’s 59th birthday, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, July 15, 2012.
AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery
AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — About a thousand people in Haiti have turned up to celebrate the 59th birthday of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The two-time president did not show up at a public event at the foundation named for him but his wife, Mildred, spoke briefly on his behalf.

The former first lady presented a new book of poetry written by Aristide in Haitian Creole that includes Swahili proverbs. The book is called, “Haiti – Haitii? Philosophical Poetry for Mental Decolonization.”

Aristide has remained in his compound on the northeastern edge of the capital since he returned last year following a seven-year exile.

The one-time Roman Catholic priest served two separate presidential terms and was ousted both times. He lived in South Africa after a rebellion toppled him in 2004.

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