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President of the
Republic of Haiti
Coat of arms of Haiti.svg
Coat of Arms of Haiti
Incumbent
René Préval

since 14 May 2006
Residence National Palace
Term length 5 years, renewable once
Inaugural holder Alexandre Pétion
Formation 17 October 1806
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The President of Haiti is the head of state of the Republic of Haiti, as well as the commander-in-chief of the Military of Haiti. The current President is René Préval, who took office on 14 May 2006.

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Term and election

Presidents are elected by popular vote to five-year terms and may serve no more than two terms. Each term begins and ends on the first February 7 after presidential elections are held. Since current President Préval had previously served as president from 1996 to 2001, and has met the two-term limit, a new President is expected to take office on February 7, 2011.

Residence

The National Palace in the capital Port-au-Prince serves as the official residence of the President of Haiti. It was severely damaged in the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

List of Presidents

Latest election

e • d  Summary of the 7 February 2006 Haiti presidential election results
Candidates - parties Votes %
René Préval - Front for Hope (Fwon Lespwa/Front de l'Espoir) 992,766 51.21
Leslie Manigat - Rally of Progressive National Democrats (Rassemblement des Démocrats Nationaux Progressistes) 240,306 12.40
Charles Henri Baker - Respect (Respè) 159,683 8.24
Jean Chavannes Jeune - Christian National Union for the Reconstruction of Haiti (Union Nationale Chrétienne pour la Reconstruction d’Haïti) 108,283 5.59
Luc Mesadieu - Christian Movement for a New Haiti (Mouvement Chrétien pour Batir une Nouvelle Haïti) 64,850 3.35
Serge Gilles - Fusion of Haitian Social Democrats (Fusion des Sociaux-Démocrates Haïtienne) 50,796 2.62
Paul Denis - Struggling People's Organization (Oganizasyon Pèp Kap Lité) 50,751 2.62
Evans Paul - Democratic Alliance Party (Alyans/Alliance Démocratique) 48,232 2.49
Guy Philippe - National Reconstruction Front (FRN) 37,303 1.92
Luc Fleurinord - Independent Movement for National Reconciliation (Mouvement Indépendant pour la Réconcilation Nationale) 36,912 1.90
Hubert Deronceray - RDNP (.) 18,459 0.95
Marc Bazin - Union/Lavalas (.) 13,136 0.68
Rigaud Duplan - [[.]] (.) 9,791 0.51
Rene Julien - [[.]] (.) 8,608 0.44
Dany Toussaint - [[.]] (.) 7,905 0.41
Marie Roy - [[.]] (.) 7,889 0.41
Jean-Henold Buteau - [[.]] (.) 6,543 0.34
Francois Romain - [[.]] (.) 6,524 0.34
Frantz Perpignan - [[.]] (.) 6,296 0.32
Gerard Gourge - [[.]] (.) 5,852 0.30
Edouard Francisque - [[.]] (.) 5,518 0.28
Jean-Marie Cherestal - [[.]] (.) 5,490 0.28
scattered among other 13 candidates 2.41
blank 4.36
invalid 7.42
Partial results reflecting 95.78% of vote tallies counted
Source: Haiti's Provisional Electoral Committee, data as of 7:43 a.m. on 20 February 2006. The CEP's figures now reflect the announced decision not to count blank votes against candidates' percentages.

See also

References

  • Schutt-Ainé, Patricia; Staff of Librairie Au Service de la Culture (1994). Haiti: A Basic Reference Book. Miami, Florida: Librairie Au Service de la Culture. pp. 165. ISBN 0-9638599-0-0.  
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