Former Haitian President René Preval, who died on Friday at the age of 74 after a cardiovascular accident, will be honored at a state funeral, reported Chimene Sylvestre, the former president's communications director.
The remains of the former head of state between 1996 and 2001 and from 2006 to 2011 will be exhibited on Friday in the Museum of the Haitian National Pantheon, in the large square of Champ de Mars, a few meters away from where the presidential palace , was destroyed by the January 2010 earthquake and still not rebuilt.
In the same square, in the heart of Port-au-Prince, national funerals will be held on Saturday morning, in a place with capacity for 5,000 people.
Preval will be buried Saturday afternoon 200 km north of the capital, in Marmelade, the birthplace of his father, where the former president spent his childhood.
Haitian society welcomed Preval's efforts to stabilize the poorest country in the Americas.
"I prostrate myself to the remains of this worthy son of Haiti," wrote current president Jovenel Moise on Twitter after learning of Preval's passing.
Jocelerme Privert, provisional president (2015-2016), and an adviser in Preval's cabinet, underlined the permanent will to reach consensus that encouraged those whom the Haitians called "Ti René".
"Negotiating with its main adversaries, seeking to combine to the extremes, for him no price was too high when it came to reaching consensus," Jocelerme Privert told AFP Sunday. "René is the father of this stable, politically and socially pacified Haiti," he added.
After the end of the Duvalier dictatorship, in 1986, Preval was the only Haitian president who managed to complete two mandates, the limit imposed by the Constitution, without suffering coups d'état or being forced into exile.