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South African University Names Aristides Research Fellows - 2004-10-05

The University of South Africa has appointed ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife, Mildred, honorary research fellows.

University Vice-Chancellor Barney Pityana said Tuesday the former Haitian leader has been appointed to the Pretoria-based university's College of Human Sciences.

He said Mrs. Aristide has been named a researcher at the university's Center for African Renaissance Studies.

Mr. Aristide, a former priest, is living in exile in South Africa. He left Haiti early this year after gunmen opposed to his rule marched on the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.

A U.S.-backed transitional government is running Haiti until a new administration takes office following elections expected to be held in late 2005.