Haitian President Rene Perval

Born: Jan. 17, 1943, in Port-au-Prince.

Family: Married, with two daughters.

Education: Studied agronomy in Belgium at Gembloux and Louvain universities and geothermal science at the University of Pisa, Italy.

As Prime Minister: Appointed Feb. 13, 1991, by President Jean-Bertrande Aristide but was forced into exile after September coup.

Return From Exile: Became general director of the Social Investment Fund in 1994.

First Term as President: Served from 1996 to 2001, described as champion of the poor.

Current Term: Sworn in as the 55th president of Haiti on May 14, 2006.

Sources: St. Petersburg Times and the BBC