Earlier this month, Rene Preval, one of Haiti’s former presidents passed away. Haiti immediately declared a six-day mourning period that would start on March 5th and end on March 11. According to details that have been revealed to the media, the former head of state’s funeral will officially begin on Friday, March 10. This will include a funeral ceremony at Haiti’s national museum MUPANAH and a presentation of Haiti’s National Police Corps.
Towards the early afternoon, there will be a viewing for the deceased’s close friends, family and colleagues, including his wife Elizabeth Delatour Preval.
Haiti’s Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant and Haiti’s president Jovenel Moise and Haiti’s First Lady Martine Moise are also set to make an appearance.
On Saturday, the actual day of the funeral, an orchestra from Mr. Preval’s hometown Marmelade will contribute a musical composition, in addition to compositions by Chopin. Moreover, representatives from several organizations based in Haiti will pay tribute. The funeral procession will then go on to Marmelade, a province miles away from Port-au-Prince, where the former president will be buried.
According to news reports,former President Rene Preval served a total of two terms. He studied agronomy and prior to being president, he was an entrepreneur and an agronomist.
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