Wyclef Jean presidential bid rejected - Haiti election 2010

News - August 21 2010, 6:30 AM

Wyclef Jean vows to help Haiti after presidential bid rejected

Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean urged supporters to respond "peacefully and responsibly" to a Haiti provisional electoral council ruling that he is not eligible to run as a presidential candidate in the Nov. 28 election.

Singer-songwriter Jean, 40, an international celebrity who is popular in his impoverished and earthquake-ravaged homeland, was left off the list of approved candidates published by the council.

Council spokesman Richard Dumel said election officials accepted 19 candidacies and rejected 15 others.

Jean's candidacy was turned down because he did not meet the residency requirement of having lived in Haiti for five years before the election.

Jean said in a blog posted at The Huffington Post: "Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee's final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same."

He urged supporters to respond "peacefully and responsibly to this disappointment."

"Ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be," he said.

He vowed to continue working for Haiti's renewal.

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Kelly Villate says...

He doe s not had to b the president to help the country,if he consider a goood haitian citizen and wants to help his pple, he can always do so by... more »

Sergo Jean says...

I support you with that idea.it is nice.I hope the haitian people will better understand you and your feeling for that country.The great people... more »