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Former Haitian President Aristide collapses

Former Haitian President Aristide collapses

Former Haitian President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, fainted on stage at an election rally on Friday (September 16) after his blood sugar levels fell, but was otherwise fine, a party official said.

He fainted while wooing voters for his party presidential candidate. Aristide, who became Haiti’s first ever democratically elected president after a 30-year dictatorship, was attending a rally for his Fanmi Lavalas party’s presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse.

Aristide was twice elected president of Haiti, in 1991 and 2001 and was ousted both times, most recently in 2004, when he went into exile in South Africa for seven years.

He returned to Haiti in 2011 but had largely remained out of the public eye, although he ventured out to campaign for Narcisse in 2015 and this year.

Narcisse came fourth in a disputed presidential election last year, which was canceled after electoral bodies concluded there was massive fraud. A new general election is due to take place on Oct. 9.