U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley was compelled to say in a Twitter post that “We are not aware of any plans for former President Aristide to travel to Haiti.”
Historian Georges Michel said such an occurrence would overshadow Baby Doc’s return.
“You have some people excited, but you have not seen big excitement in the streets like when (singer) Wyclef (Jean) arrived or if Aristide would return from his exile,” he said.
Another theory: President Rene Preval was behind Duvalier’s return to create a distraction from the problematic presidential election in which Preval’s chosen candidate is deadlocked against a popular carnival singer for a position in the second round, which was supposed to take place the day Baby Doc arrived.
“They say on the streets that Preval created a diversion to divert the attention” from the rival candidates in that race, Michel said, but he added that he doubted it would work.
“I can predict that the people will not forget their vote,” he said. If an acceptable second round doesn’t happen, “They will take to the streets and demand the immediate departure of Preval.”