L’ex-Président Jean-Bertrand Aristide dans les bras des agents de sécurité

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fainted on stage at an election rally on Friday, September 16, after his blood sugar dropped to unsafe levels, but he is now doing fine, according to a party official.

Aristide, Haiti's first ever democratically elected president after the end of the Duvaliers 30-year dictatorship, was attending a rally for his Fanmi Lavalas party's presidential candidate, Maryse Narcisse, in the northern port town of Cap Haitien when he collapsed.

Aides carried the 63-year-old Aristide offstage before driving him away from the event to an undisclosed location.

Leslie Voltaire, a top Narcisse advisor, said by telephone he was on his way to see Aristide, who had suffered an issue with his blood sugar levels.

"He was fine and he received sugar and candy," he said.

Aristide was twice elected president of Haiti: In 1991 before being ousted a couple months later by the military; and in 2001, again toppled in 2004, this time by an opposition, he went into exile in South Africa for seven years.

He returned to Haiti in 2011 but had largely remained out of the public eye, although he ventured out to campaign for Narcisse in 2015 and this year.
Narcisse came fourth in a disputed presidential election last year, which was canceled after electoral bodies concluded there was massive fraud.

A new general election is scheduled to take place on Oct. 9.