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Philippe Says He's Haiti's Military Chief

Rebel leader Guy Philippe declared himself the new chief of Haiti’s military, which was disbanded by ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and pledged Tuesday that rebel forces will disarm. Philippe then said he would arrest Prime Minister Yvon Neptune on corruption charges. “The country is in my hands!” Philippe announced on Radio Signal FM. Philippe, flanked by other rebel leaders and senior officers of Haiti’s police force, told reporters, “I am the chief,” then clarified that he meant “the military chief.” He said he was “not interested in politics” and was ready to follow the orders of interim President Boniface Alexandre, chief justice of the Supreme Court, who was installed Sunday. Asked whether he would disarm if requested to, he said, “We will.” He then summoned 20 police commanders to meet with him Tuesday and warned that if they failed to appear he would arrest them. Full Story

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