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Aristide Arrives in CAR - 2004-03-01

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide landed in the Central African Republic Monday after fleeing Haiti in the face of an advancing rebellion and international pressure.

Mr. Aristide left Haiti on Sunday and arrived in Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic with his wife and three other people early Monday morning.

According to state radio in Bangui, Mr. Aristide intends to spend a few days in the country before continuing on to South Africa.

Although South Africa was one of the strongest supporters of President Aristide when he was in power in Haiti, officials there say they are not aware of any plan for the Aristides to go there.

South African presidential spokesman Bheki Khumalo said asylum has not been offered to the exiled leader.

After three weeks of uprisings that left many dead, Mr. Aristide resigned Sunday, saying his resignation would avoid more bloodshed in Haiti.