Wyclef Jean Says Yes, He’s Running for President of Haiti
August 4, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Famed Haitian-born hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, confirmed to Time Magazine that the rumors of his Haitian presidential ambitions are not greatly exaggerated, not in the least. Jean does indeed plan to throw his hat in the political ring and make a bid to lead his homeland from poverty and ruin, decimated from a powerful earthquake, into the 21st century. It’s a bold move for a hip-hop singer with no political experience, but he believes his love for his country and its people will provide him with a way forward. Jean told Time, “If I can’t take five years out to serve my country as President,” he argues, “then everything I’ve been singing about, like equal rights, doesn’t mean anything.”
Jean’s spokesperson released a statement last week, surprising everyone, by confirming a presidential run was being considered. “At this time, Wyclef Jean has not announced his intent to run for Haitian president. If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately,” read the statement.
Since the devastating earthquake in January that completely leveled the capital city of Port-au-Prince, causing a humanitarian crisis, Jean has been front and center, during the massive international relief effort. He even started his own charity, Yele Haiti Foundation, but reports of accounting improprieties quickly put the charity in question. Jean has since, hired an outside firm to manage the financial affairs of Yele Haiti, and he says the accounting problems are now remedied.
Jean told Time he intends to officially announce his candidacy, before the August 7 deadline, for the November election:
“If not for the earthquake, I probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this,” Jean says. “The quake drove home to me that Haiti can’t wait another 10 years for us to bring it into the 21st century.”
Does he have a chance of becoming elected? He just might. He left Haiti at the age of 9, which he says fulfills the eligibility requirements of living in Haiti for five-consecutive years. And he has youth on his side, in a country having nearly half of its population made up of people in their 20s.
Jean already has a campaign slogan, “Face à Face” And he has formed his own political party, Ensemble Nous Faut (We Must Do It Together).
The title of President could very well be in Wyclef Jean’s future.
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