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Bush Congratulates Haiti's President-Elect on Victory

President Bush has congratulated Haitian president-elect Rene Preval on his victory in the February 7 election.

A White House spokeswoman said Mr. Bush telephoned Mr. Preval and expressed continuing U.S. interest in Haiti's democratic and economic success. She said the president and Mr. Preval also discussed cooperating in the fight against the illegal drug trade.

Mr. Preval last week was declared the winner of Haiti's first presidential election since Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted two years ago. The vote had been postponed numerous times because of violence and disorganization.

Wednesday, Mr. Preval said Haiti's constitution allows his former ally, Aristide, to return to Haiti from South Africa, where he has lived in exile since 2004.