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In Haiti, thousands flock to ex-leader Aristide's home after rally ahead of presidential vote

  • Haiti's former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, center, waves to the crowd after he urged supporters to vote for presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, center right, of the Fanmi Lavalas political party, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday Sept. 30, 2015. Aristide's public endorsement could be a boon for Narcisse, who is polling well below front-runner Jude Celestin. During the last election cycle about five years ago, the party was barred from the ballot. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Haiti's former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, center, waves to the crowd after he urged supporters to vote for presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse, center right, of the Fanmi Lavalas political party, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday Sept. 30, 2015. Aristide's public endorsement could be a boon for Narcisse, who is polling well below front-runner Jude Celestin. During the last election cycle about five years ago, the party was barred from the ballot. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of Haiti's former President Jean Bertrand Aristide agglomerate in front of his house, after he urged them to vote for presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse of the Fanmi Lavalas political party, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday Sept. 30, 2015. Aristide's public endorsement could be a boon for Narcisse, who is polling well below front-runner Jude Celestin. During the last election cycle about five years ago, the party was barred from the ballot. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Supporters of Haiti's former President Jean Bertrand Aristide agglomerate in front of his house, after he urged them to vote for presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse of the Fanmi Lavalas political party, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday Sept. 30, 2015. Aristide's public endorsement could be a boon for Narcisse, who is polling well below front-runner Jude Celestin. During the last election cycle about five years ago, the party was barred from the ballot. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

  • Haiti's former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, center, greets supporters after he urged them to vote for presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse of the Fanmi Lavalas political party, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday Sept. 30, 2015. Aristide's public endorsement could be a boon for Narcisse, who is polling well below front-runner Jude Celestin. During the last election cycle about five years ago, the party was barred from the ballot. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

    Haiti's former President Jean Bertrand Aristide, center, greets supporters after he urged them to vote for presidential candidate Maryse Narcisse of the Fanmi Lavalas political party, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday Sept. 30, 2015. Aristide's public endorsement could be a boon for Narcisse, who is polling well below front-runner Jude Celestin. During the last election cycle about five years ago, the party was barred from the ballot. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)  (The Associated Press)

Thousands of supporters of twice-ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide are flocking to his home just outside the capital following a campaign rally by the political party he founded.

Growing numbers of Fanmi Lavalas party backers are chanting and waving photos of Aristide in his Tabarre neighborhood. They say they are hoping to catch a glimpse of the ex-leader or hear him speak.

Haitian police are keeping an eye on the partisans as they march from Port-au-Prince.

They began traveling to his home after the party's presidential candidate told a Wednesday rally that Aristide was waiting for them outside his house.

Lavalas leader Maryse Narcisse made the comments after officially launching her bid to become Haiti's next president. The first round of the presidential vote is scheduled for Oct. 25.