when the president of haiti fled the country following a 1991 coup, in what country did he first find asylum?
Sun, Feb. 29, 2004.
Violence flares as Haitian President Aristide resigns, seeks asylum; U.S. troops could be deployed.
PORT-AU-PRINCE — President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, under pressure from a growing rebellion and abandoned by foreign governments, resigned from office Sunday, fled Haiti and sought asylum abroad.
His destination was unknown, but a spokesman in Miami said he believed Aristide was headed to South Africa. Panama also was mentioned as a possible refuge, but a spokesman for that nation said at midday Sunday that it would not grant asylum to Aristide.
Early reports said Aristide’s plane landed briefly at Barahona airport, in southwest Dominican Republic. But officials of that nation later denied that report and said Aristide had not requested asylum there.
Other, unconfirmed reports said Aristide’s plane later refueled in Antigua and could be en route to Morocco, but Morocco’s foreign ministry said it would not grant asylum to him.
”The kingdom of Morocco does not intend to respond favorably to any eventual request for political asylum by President Aristide,” the ministry said in a statement.
In Miami, Ira Kurzban, a spokesman for Aristide, said he believed the now former president was headed to South Africa.
On Saturday, a high-ranking French official told The Herald that Panama was willing to offer asylum to Aristide, but that report was disputed Sunday by Panamanian officials who said they had decided not to provide refuge.
Aristide later stated that France and the U.S. had a role in what he termed “a kidnapping” that took him from Haiti to South Africa via the Central African Republic.However, authorities said his temporary asylum there had been negotiated by the United States, France and Gabon.