Haiti bids ‘Adieu’ to René Préval with solemn ceremony

President Rene Preval's coffin being wheeled away after the funeral servive in Port-au-Prince  (Photo via Miami Herald)
President Rene Preval’s coffin being wheeled away after the funeral servive in Port-au-Prince (Photo via Miami Herald)

PORT-AU-PRINCE  – Haiti bid farewell Saturday to one of its most decorated and respected presidents, René Préval, in a Roman Catholic ceremony spanning almost three hours.

Just as in life, Préval, in death, brought together Haitians of all hues, socio-economic standings and political leanings as peasant organizations paid tribute by wearing traditional straw hats — a symbol of the Haitian farmer and the grassroots organizations Préval cultivated to become Haiti’s only two-time president to complete his terms and leave office.

“We’ve lost a branch in our battle, “ said Charles Suffrard , a peasant leader, friend and longtime ally in Préval’s battle to integrate peasants in national life.

 

Read more at: Miami Herald