CARICOM SG mourns quiet, unpretentious, Caribbean statesman and Haitian patriot

Former President of Haiti Rene Preval (Photo via Miami Herald)
Former President of Haiti Rene Preval (Photo via Miami Herald)

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, on Wednesday paid tribute to former President of Haiti, His Excellency René Préval, who died suddenly in his homeland last week.

In a message of condolence, the Secretary-General described the former two-term Haitian President as astute, a consummate politician, quiet, unpretentious Caribbean statesman and Haitian patriot who never lost his common touch. With reference to his role in the Community, President Préval met CARICOM Heads of Government during his first term in office, and initiated the process which led  to Haiti’s membership of CARICOM, the Secretary-General recalled. Ambassador LaRocque said that President Prévalwill be remembered  “by all who knew him and those who worked closely with him as a fair and kind man, who respected the rule of law and understood the importance of executing the highest standard of democracy for the benefit of securing a stable and advanced Haitian society.”

Please see the full message below:

On behalf of the Caribbean Community, I express sincere condolences to the family, Government and People of Haiti on the passing of His Excellency Mr. René Préval, former President of the Republic of Haiti. (more…)

President Moise hails Preval as ‘worthy son of Haiti’

Former President of Haiti Rene Preval (Photo via Miami Herald)
Former President of Haiti Rene Preval (Photo via Miami Herald)
President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise
President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise

The Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) said Friday that  President Jovenel Moise has described former President Rene Preval as a “worthy son of Haiti”. He made the comment as he led the country in paying tribute to his predecessor who died on Friday at the age of 74.

CMC said that reports indicate that Preval, who also served as Prime Minister in 1991 under the presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, before going into exile in September of the same year during a military coup, died following a Cerebral Vascular Accident (CVA). A CVA is the sudden death of some brain cells due to lack of oxygen when the blood flow to the brain is impaired by blockage or rupture of an artery to the brain. A CVA is also referred to as a stroke. Symptoms of a stroke depend on the area of the brain affected.

Preval served as president from 1996 to 2001, and 2006 to 2011 and remains the only Haitian Head of Government to have completed two terms since the fall of Jean-Claude Duvalier in 1986. (more…)

Rene Preval, two-time president of Haiti, dead at 74 – Miami Herald

Former President of Haiti Rene Preval (Photo via Miami Herald)
Former President of Haiti Rene Preval (Photo via Miami Herald)

Former Haitian President René Préval has died, his wife Elisabeth Delatour Préval confirmed to the Miami Herald. He was 74.

Préval, who was president during Haiti’s tragic Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake, died at home in Laboule, a neighbourhood in Port-au-Prince. His wife, who wasn’t with him, said she had spoken to him “three times” Friday morning.

“He was in excellent humour,” said Delatour Préval, who is traveling. “He asked, ‘When are you coming home?’ I refused to believe it. I cannot believe it.”

Préval served as president from 1996 to 2001, and again from 2006-2011. He is the only president in Haitian history to have served two full presidential terms and not be jailed, exiled or killed.

Read more at: Miami Herald

Regional patriotism, CSME in focus at end-of-summit press conference

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The CARICOM Conference of Heads of Government recently concluded their Inter-Sessional meeting, which was was held  on February 16 -17, 2017 in Georgetown, Guyana. The meeting ended with a press briefing at the Marriott Hotel, which was addressed by Chairman of the Conference, His Excellency David Granger, President of Guyana, Prime Minister of Grenada, Dr. the Hon. Keith Mitchell who will be the next Chairman, as well as CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. Some of the topics addressed included  the CSME, Correspondent Banking, CARICOM-US Relations, Regional Security, Tourism, and CARIFESTA, which will be held in Barbados this August.  More in this video report:

 

Haiti names new prime minister

President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise
President of Haiti, His Excellency Jovenel Moise

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Feb 23, CMC – President Jovenel Moise says he has appointed Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant , a professor of gastroenterology at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the State University of Haiti (UEH) as the country’s new Prime Minister.

He replaces Enex Jean-Charles, who submitted his letter of resignation earlier this month to allow the new head of state to enter into discussions with the Presidents of both Houses of Parliament for his successor, as stipulated in the Constitution.

“After a second round of consultations with the presidents of both Houses, I chose Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant as Prime Minister,” Moïse said in a statement.

Via CMC (more…)