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U.S. Officials Hint at Support for Haitian Leader's Ouster

As the Haitian crisis deepens, with violence flaring and President Jean-Bertrand Aristide locked in an impasse with his opponents, the Bush administration has placed itself in the unusual position of saying it may accept the ouster of a democratic government. The stance recalls the administration’s initial response to the April 2002 coup attempt against another elected, populist leader in the hemisphere, President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. American officials touched off an outcry by appearing to blame Mr. Chávez for the uprising and consulting with his would-be successors. Richard A. Boucher, the State Department spokesman, said Tuesday that “reaching a political settlement will require some fairly thorough changes in the way Haiti is governed, and how the security situation is maintained.” Full Story

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