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Former Haitian President Pledges to Avoid Politics Upon Return Home

Former Haitian leader Jean Bertrand Aristide says he will not play a role in his country's politics once he returns home.

The former president and ex-priest told international news agencies in Pretoria, South Africa Wednesday, that he wants to return to Haiti to teach.

Mr. Aristide has been living in exile in South Africa since he was forced out of office in February 2004 after an armed uprising.

Mr. Aristide says the date of his return depends upon negotiations between Haitian President-elect Rene Preval, the United Nations and other interested parties.

Mr. Preval, a former protégé of Mr. Aristide, was declared the winner of Haiti's February 7 presidential elections last week.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP .