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PJ Patterson, Prime Minister of Jamaica, Speaks Out Against US Coup in Haiti

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PJ Patterson, chairman of the Caribbean regional group, Caricom, has been the most outspoken critic of what he described as the removal of Mr Aristide.

Mr Patterson, who is also prime minister of Jamaica, said people were "bound to question whether the resignation of Mr Aristide was truly voluntary".

He added that his "removal" could set "a dangerous precedent for democratically elected governments everywhere".

Caricom had been trying to find a solution to Haiti's political crisis for several weeks, which involved a power-sharing agreement between Mr Aristide and the opposition.

Not surprisingly, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela - who was also democratically elected, but faces strong internal opposition - denounced President Aristide's removal as "a tragedy".

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3523191.stm
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