"in the company of Aristide"
Jean-Bertrand Aristide meets Bill Clinton in the Oval Office
Public DomainJean-Bertrand Aristide meets Bill Clinton in the Oval Office

Jean-Bertrand Aristide was the first democratically elected president of Haiti. He was first elected in 1991 with 67% of the vote, but was ousted almost immediately in a military coup. He regained power between 1994 and 1996, then again from 2001 to 2004.

Aristide has been accused of widespread human rights abuses during his tenure, as well as drug trafficking, embezzlement, and political corruption. However his party also increased public access to healthcare, created more low-income housing, and improved adult literacy.