#ThisDayInHistory: CIVIL CRISIS BROKE OUT IN HAITI ON THIS DAY IN 2004 THAT LED TO THE OVERTHROW OF PRESIDENT JEAN BERTRAND ARISTIDE.
Written by Olaide Adewale on February 5, 2021
On this day in 2004, rebels from the Revolutionary Artibonite Resistance Front captured the city of Gonaïves, an action that resulted to the 2004 Haiti rebellion.
A coup d’état followed after conflicts lasted for several weeks.
The Coup resulted in the removal from office of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide preventing him from finishing his second term, and he left Haiti on a United States plane accompanied by U.S. military personnel.
Aristide claimed his departure was a kidnap, accusing the U.S. of orchestrating the coup against him.
Aristide was forced into exile, being flown directly out of Haiti to the Central African Republic, eventually settling in South Africa.
An interim government led by Prime Minister Gérard Latortue and President Boniface Alexandre was installed in Haiti.
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