Wyclef Jean to Run in Haiti's Presidential Election?
Published Jul 27, 2010Former Fugee and current solo artist Wyclef Jean has hinted that he may run for president of Haiti in the country's presidential election in November. The Haitian-born MC has filled out all the necessary paperwork to date, according to a statement released Monday (July 26) from the musician's family , but has yet to finalize whether or not he will seek a five-year term as leader of the country still recovering from a disastrous earthquake in January.
Jean has been an outspoken advocate for Haiti for years after being appointed ambassador-at-large for the Caribbean nation by President René Préval in 2007.
In a public release, the Jean family issued the following statement: "Wyclef's commitment to his homeland and its youth is boundless, and he will remain its greatest supporter regardless of whether he is part of the government moving forward ... If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately."
Jean, who was born in Port-au-Prince but raised in New York, told the Associated Press in a recent interview that he intended to be involved in the November 28 election, but not necessarily as a candidate.
"Do I have political intentions? At this time no," he said. "But what I do have is a movement - it's called Face a Face, 'Face to Face.' The youth population ... we are going to encourage them to vote."
Jean also has his Yele Haiti Foundation, which he started in 2005. Following the earthquake earlier this year, Jean called for help from North Americans in the form of donations to his foundation, which poured millions into rescue efforts. And maybe a little to Jean himself?