PORT-AU-PRINCE – Former Haitian president Rene Préval has died, the government of the Caribbean nation said on Friday.
Preval, 74, was the first democratically elected modern-day leader of Haiti to serve his full term. In 2012, during his second term as president, Haiti was struck by a devastating earthquake.
J’ai appris avec émoi le décès de l’ancien Président René Préval. Je me prosterne devant la dépouille de ce digne fils d’Haïti.
— Jovenel Moïse (@moisejovenel) March 3, 2017
Current President Jovenel Moise said on Twitter that he was saddened to learn of the death of Préval, who he described as a “dignified son of Haiti.”