Here's a look at the life of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the first democratically elected president of Haiti.
Personal: Birth date: July 15, 1953
Birthplace: Port Salut, Haiti
Birth name: Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Father: Joseph Aristide, farmer
Mother: Marie (Pierre-Louis) Aristide
Marriage: Mildred (Trouillot) Aristide (January 20, 1996-present)
Children: Michaelle, September 8, 1998; Christine, November 8, 1996
Education: Grand Seminaire Notre Dame, Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Universite d'Etat d'Haiti B.A.; University of Montreal, Canada, M.A.; Jerusalem, Israel, Ph.D.
Religion: Roman Catholic
Other Facts: Elected president of Haiti twice. Both administrations were overthrown.
Former Roman Catholic priest, a member of the Society of St. Francis de Sales.
His wife, Mildred Aristide, is a Haitian-American lawyer from New York.
Timeline: 1974 - Enters the priesthood with the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians) in the Dominican Republic.
1983 - Is ordained and assigned to St. Jean-Bosco, a poor parish in a Port-au-Prince, Haiti, slum neighborhood.
1986 - Is held hostage by Salesian followers for two weeks for condoning and supporting the opposition to the new post-Duvalier regime.
September 11, 1988 - The St. Jean-Bosco parish church is attacked during morning mass, with 13 dead and more than 70 injured.
December 15, 1988 - Aristide is expelled from the Society of St. Francis de Sales for his "incitement to hate and violence."
December 16, 1990 - Is elected president of Haiti with more than 67% of the vote.
February 7, 1991 - Takes the oath of office as the 40th president of Haiti.
October 1, 1991 - Flees Haiti for Venezuela, after a coup led by Brigadier General Raoul Cedras overthrows the government.
October 15, 1994 - Is reinstated as president of Haiti, after a United States-brokered agreement. Cedras and his staff resign and are exiled.
October 17, 1994 - Under pressure from the Vatican, submits a letter formally requesting to leave the priesthood.
February 7, 1996 - First smooth transition from one president to another in Haiti's history as Rene Preval is sworn in as the 41st president of Haiti.
November 1996 - Forms and leads the Fanmi Lavalas political party.