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Rene Preval (January 17, 1943 – March 3, 2017)

Samuel Maxime


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – The former two-term President of Haiti, Rene Gracia Preval, passed away Friday morning at his home in Laboule.

Rene Gracia Preval

President Preval was elected president in 1995 and completed his term in 2000. He was reelected for a second term in 2006 and complete that term in 2011.

Preval lacked in colorful charisma as his predecessor, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and his successor, Michel Joseph Martelly, but accomplished more during his terms as president than the two combine.

He is remembered for stability and peace, in the face of countless natural disasters, including the 2010 earthquake and the four massive hurricanes which crossed the island in 2008.

Despite the challenges, President Preval presided over the first and only amendment to Haiti’s Constitution in 2009-11. In the face of international opposition, he entered Haiti into the Petrocaribe agreement in 2008.

He also was president for the first and only time a minimum wage law was enacted in Haiti and has among legislative accomplishments, legalizing dual-citizenship and creating a 1/3 quota of women in public office.

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About The Author

Samuel Maxime is a Haitian-born citizen living in the United States. He founded The Haiti Sentinel to bring Haitian issues to an English language audience.