Haiti Candidates Unfazed by Aristide's Return

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
The two candidates in Haiti

FILE-In this Friday, Jan, 15, 2010, file photo, Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide speaks during a press conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Ousted ex-Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will return within days to his homeland ending seven years in exile, a South African official said Friday, March 11, 2011. (AP Photo, File)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - The two candidates in Haiti's presidential runoff say former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's
impending return from exile should not disrupt the vote.

Michel Martelly and Mirlande Manigat spoke at separate news conferences.

Both were asked about the ex-president's plans to return in the coming days.

Martelly said Monday it would be better if Aristide waited until after Sunday's election, but added that his presence would not be a problem.

Manigat said she welcomes Aristide's efforts to reform education.

Aristide has said he intends to focus on improving education in Haiti and does not plan to get involved in politics.

The U.S. State Department says his return could be "destabilizing" and has urged him to wait.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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