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6704: Bombs Explode in Port-au-Prince (fwd)
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January 19, 2001 Bombs Explode in Port-au-Prince ASSOCIATED PRESS
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Four bombs exploded around the capital
Friday, three weeks before the inauguration of President-elect Jean
Bertrand Aristide. Two of the explosives went off in downtown
Port-au-Prince, Radio Kiskeya reported. One bomb destroyed a truck and
seriously injured a man, Kiskeya said. There were no injuries in the
second blast, also downtown. A third bomb exploded in a suburban
open-air market, while another went off near a public high school on
the outskirts of the capital. One person was injured and one was
arrested in connection with one of the attacks, witnesses said.
Just weeks away from Aristide's Feb. 7 inauguration,tensions have been
building in the capital where an alliance of opposition groups are
planning to write a platform for a national unity government that would
hold quick general elections.
All of Haiti's main opposition parties boycotted the Nov. 26
presidential elections, claiming May local and legislative elections
were rigged to give Aristide's Lavalas Family party 80 percent of
seats. Aristide won with nearly 92 percent of the vote over six
In a December letter to President Clinton, Aristide offered to rectify
the election results and include opposition figures in his government.
The opposition rejected the offers.
The impasse led to threats of violence from Aristide supporters who
threatened to kill opposition members being considered for an
alternative government.Grouped in a 15-party alliance called
Convergence,the opposition will hold a national convention next week.
Delegates will select the members of an alternative government and
write the guiding lines of its program.