Profession: President of Haiti
Why Famous: Préval served as President of Haiti from 1996 to 2001 and again from 2006 to 2011.
His first term saw attempts to reform the economy and investigate human rights abuses while his second term saw the destruction wrought by the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, which killed between 100,000 to 316,000 people.
- 1995-12-17 René Préval wins the Haiti presidential elections for the Fanmi Lavalas party
- 2006-05-14 René Préval sworn in as President of Haiti for the second time