Wyclef Jean Officially Files Paper To Run For Haiti’s Presidency
August 5, 2010
Port-au-Prince (ChattahBox) – According to the BBC, Wyclef Jean has officially filed the papers necessary for beginning presidential proceeding in Haiti, where he announced this week that he planning on running for political office.
Jean is up against several more experienced politicians, including his uncle, Raymond Joseph, the current ambassador to the U.S. But he is confident that his popularity among a heavy youth population of 21 and under will go far in getting him elected. More than half of the population is under 21, with many others under 30.
When asked what was pushing him to run for office now, he said it was the desperate need for an effective leadership following the devastating earthquake early this year. Haiti is still suffering the consequences of the disaster.
He said that, had it not been for the earthquake, he may have waited another decade to run.
Wyclef Jean runs an organization dedicated to him home country, and he was a pivotal part in raising funds in January. However, he was also subject to funds scandal shortly after, which alleged he was charging money from his organization for gigs.