Also seizing the moment were veterans of the old Lavalas party of Aristide, a leftist former priest. They broadcast calls urging followers to rally to demand Aristide's return. The first democratically elected president in Haiti, Aristide was deposed in a military coup in 1991, reinstated by U.S. forces in 1994 and toppled again in 2004 by a quasi-military rebellion that Aristide blamed on the U.S. He has spent much of his exile in South Africa, but associates say he is keen to return.
Duvalier's arrival could derail efforts to resolve Haiti's electoral impasse, a delay that many say also stalls desperately needed relief and reconstruction aid.