Haitian vote count reveals Preval in lead

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Initial results from the Haitian presidential elections this week show that leading candidate Rene Preval is well ahead of the other contenders.

Haitians finally head to polls

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- Thousands of Haitians turned out Tuesday for national elections choosing a new president and parliament. Polls opened at 6 a.m. local time, though many polling places opened late and there were long lines of would-be voters.

Analysis: Haiti's challenge on film

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- Two centuries after Haiti declared its independence from France, the Caribbean island nation has yet to enjoy the prosperity that self-determination promises, a
PAT NASON, UPI Los Angeles
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Rene Preval
Rene Preval, Haiti's new president-elect, answers questions by the media during a press conference held at the United Nations on March 27, 2006 in New York City. (UPI photo/Monika Graff)

René Garcia Préval (French pronunciation: ; born January 17, 1943) is a Haitian politician and agronomist who was the President of the Republic of Haiti from 14 May 2006 to 14 May 2011. He previously served as President from February 7, 1996, to February 7, 2001, and as Prime Minister from February 1991 to October 11, 1991.

Préval was born in Marmelade, Northern Haiti. He studied Business at the College of Gembloux and the University of Leuven in Belgium and also studied Biology at the University of Pisa in Pisa, Italy.

Préval's father, an agronomist also, had risen to the position of Minister of Agriculture in the government of Général Paul Magloire, the predecessor of Duvalier. Leaving Haiti because his political past presented him as a potential opponent, Preval's father found work with UN agencies in Africa.

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