Ex-Haitian President Preval dies, first to peacefully hand over power

Ex-Haitian President Preval dies, first to peacefully hand over powerBy Makini Brice and Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Former Haitian President Rene Preval, 74, the first leader in Haiti’s history to win a democratic election, serve a full term and peacefully hand power to a successor, died on Friday after falling unconscious at his home. President Jovenel Moise described Preval as a “dignified son of Haiti,” in a statement on Twitter. Haiti has been politically turbulent for much of its history since winning independence from France in 1804, punctuated by dictatorships, coups, invasions and natural disasters.



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