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  • Civilian volunteers receive military instruction from veterans of Haiti's former army in Port-au-Prince. Haiti has been without an army since 1995, when President Jean-Bertrand Aristide disbanded the military after he was deposed in a coup and then restored to power with the help of U.N. forces. The two candidates who faced off in Sunday's presidential vote say they support restoring the armed forces in some form. (Associated Press)

    Would-be soldiers hope for revival of Haitian army

    The drill leaders and ranks of volunteers who eagerly assembled represent nothing more than an informal movement of Haitians eager to re-establish an army — an idea that unnerves Haitians who remember times darkened by military coups, oppression and abuse.

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