Former Haiti president Preval dead at 74
With a reputation as an honest and efficient administrator, Preval served as president from 1996-2001 and again in 2006-2011.
Preval first served as prime minister to Jean-Bertrand Aristide but later distanced himself from his one-time ally, who fled Haiti under pressure before returning in 2011 following seven years in exile.
Born on January 17, 1943 in Port-au-Prince, Preval studied agronomy in Belgium. He lived for five years in New York in the 1970s.
After he returned to Haiti in 1975, he got a job with the National Institute for Mineral Resources.
He later became active in humanitarian work, including at an orphanage in Port-au-Prince run by Aristide, who was then a Roman Catholic priest.