SENIOR CENTRAL AFRICAN OFFICIAL TELLS DEMOCRACY NOW! ARISTIDE AND US DELEGATION WILL BE TAKEN TO THE AIRPORT AND ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY
Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman is now in the Central African Republic where she is reporting that there is a stand-off underway over the fate of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his wife Mildred. Aristide has just come out of a meeting with the president of the CAR, Gen. Francois Bozize. Amy Goodman reports that Aristide was surrounded by "military."
President Aristide just spoke with Democracy Now!Â's Amy Goodman. She says that "Aristide thinks that President Bozize must consult with those who called Bozize before Aristide was taken to the CARÂ—the US, France and GabonÂ—to decide whether Bozize should allow Aristide to leave the country."
Goodman is now inside the Presidential Palace with Aristide and the delegation that came from the US to escort him to Jamaica.
Rep. Maxine Waters and Sharon Hay-Webster, an emissary of the Jamaican Prime Minister were in talks a short while ago with Aristide and Bozize, where they were discussing the fate of the Haitian president. Amy Goodman was allowed into the meeting for a few moments at the beginning and has been reporting from just outside the Presidential Palace, where the talks took place. Goodman reports that President Bozize has said he will announce in an hour (approximately 7 pm EST) whether or not Aristide and the delegation that has come to the CAR to escort him back to the Caribbean will be allowed to leave Africa tonight as Aristide wants.
NOTE: Amy Goodman is accompanying a delegation that will escort President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to Jamaica, which has offered to host him. The delegation includes Rep. Maxine Waters, Randall Robinson, Sharon Hay-Webster, an emmisary of the Jamaican prime minister, as well as Aristide's lawyer, Ira Kurzban.
This is a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive. Check the Democracy Now! website regularly for the latest news on this historic trip.
Sunday, 6:20 p.m.: President Aristide has just told Democracy Now!, that he thinks the president from CAR is consulting with the U.S., France and Gabon before he allows Aristide to leave for Jamaica. [Listen to MP3]
Sunday, 6 p.m.: Amy Goodman reports there is a standoff at the presidential palace in CAR over whether President Aristide can leave for Jamaica. [Listen to MP3]
Sunday, 4 p.m.: Amy Goodman files 5-minute audio report outside the presidential palace in the Central African Republic. [Read transcript || Listen to MP3]
Sunday afternoon: Amy Goodman reports the delegation has landed in the Central African Republic to meet with the Aristides.
Reuters reports that a government official in Bangui said it was unlikely the delegation would leave before Monday as Central African Republic President Francois Bozize would want to see them. Monday marks the first anniverary of Bozize's presidency.