Haiti opposition announces parallel government

BBC News Online, Saturday 16 December 2000, 00:58 GMT

A group of opposition parties in Haiti has announced the creation of a provisional government in protest against the recent re-election of Jean-Bertrand Aristide as the country's president.

The Democratic Convergence said it would form an alternative administration which would oversee elections for what it said would be a legitimate government.

The opposition boycotted the presidential voting last month, alleging the process was a sham.

According to official results, Mr Aristide won with more than ninety per cent support.

Last week, president Clinton urged him to address what he described as well-documented election irregularities which he said called into question Haiti's commitment to democracy.