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Jean-Bertrand Aristide
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Aristide on 15 October 1994
37th & 39th President of Haiti
In office
7 February 1991 – 29 September 1991
Prime Minister René Préval
Preceded by Ertha Pascal-Trouillot
Succeeded by Raoul Cédras
In office
15 June 1993 – 12 May 1994
Prime Minister Robert Malval
Preceded by Marc Bazin
Succeeded by Émile Jonassaint
In office
12 October 1994 – 7 February 1996
Prime Minister Smarck Michel
Claudette Werleigh
Preceded by Émile Jonassaint
Succeeded by René Préval
In office
4 February 2001 – 29 February 2004
Prime Minister Jean Marie Chérestal
Yvon Neptune
Preceded by René Préval
Succeeded by Boniface Alexandre
Personal details
Born 15 July 1953 (1953-07-15) (age 67)
Port-Salut, Sud, Haiti
Political party Lavalas Political Organization
Fanmi Lavalas
Mildred Trouillot (m. 1996)
Children 2 daughters
Alma mater Collège Notre-Dame
State University of Haiti
University of South Africa
Occupation Priest
Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Church Roman Catholic Church
Ordained 1982
Congregations served Salesians of Don Bosco

Jean-Bertrand Aristide (born 15 July 1953) is a Haitian priest and politician. He became Haiti's first democratically elected President.

Aristide was appointed to a Roman Catholic parish in Port-au-Prince in 1982 after completing his studies to become a priest of the Salesian order.

He won the Haitian general election between 1990 and 1991, with 67% of the vote and was briefly president of Haiti, until a September 1991 military coup. The coup regime collapsed in 1994 under U.S. pressure and threat of force (Operation Uphold Democracy).

Aristide was then president again from 1994 to 1996 and from 2001 to 2004. However, Aristide was ousted in the 2004 coup d'état. Aristide was later forced into exile, staying in the Central African Republic, Jamaica, and South Africa.

He finally returned to Haiti in 2011 after seven years in exile.

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