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Former Haitian president Rene Preval dies at 74

Foremr Haitian President Rene Preval
Foremr Haitian President Rene Preval

Former Haitian president Rene Preval, the only democratically elected president of Haiti to win and complete two terms, has died at the age of 74.

Current President Jovenel Moise confirmed Preval's death in a Tweet on Friday.

"I learned with sadness the death of former president Rene Preval," Moise said on his Twitter account. "I prostrate myself before the remains of this worthy son of Haiti."

The cause of death was not given. Preval had been treated for prostate cancer in Cuba in 2001.

Preval was elected by a landslide in 1995 as the chosen successor of Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

His second term, which started in 2006, was marred by the disastrous earthquake of January 12 2010, which reportedly killed more than 310,000 people and displaced more than one million. Many Haitians accused him of a fumbling response to the tragedy.

Preval was born on in the rural Haitian town of Marmelade in 1943 and trained as an agronomist before his career in politics.

His survivors include his third wife, Elisabeth "Babette" Delatour, and two adult daughters.


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