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Haitian Rebels Enter Capital; Aristide Bitter

Armed rebels swept into this capital on Monday and occupied the national police headquarters, staking a claim to power as United States forces kept watch at the international airport and the presidential palace. A wave of dancing, cheering people following the rebel leaders flooded the boulevard to the palace minutes after the police headquarters was occupied. No clear leader took charge. The chief justice of the Supreme Court, Boniface Alexandre, was sworn in on Sunday as the leader of a transitional government until elections in 2005. Under Haiti’s Constitution, the legislature is supposed to ratify Mr. Alexandre’s succession, but there is no legislature, owing to the breakdown of the government. Full Story

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