Hip hop artist Wyclef Jean is poised to announce his candidacy for president of Haiti, a former government official tells the Associated Press.
Jean was born outside of Port-au-Prince but grew up in Brooklyn.
Jean is expected to make an announcement of his plans on Thursday.
What is unclear is when the country will be able to have elections, scheduled for November. Most elections of the past have been delayed.
His uncle, the Haitian ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph, also plans to run.
Jean has been a central figure in relief efforts since that country’s earthquake in January.
He told Esquire in a recent interview, posted on his blog, “Haiti has an opportunity now to start from scratch, and what that means is, we can get real schools in there, there’s a chance of getting real hospitals, of teaching a population how to read and write, where kids can get a degree, and actually do something with the degree right now. As far as investment and business, this is the best time to invest in business in Haiti.”
Update: Maybe not just a rumor. A source tells CNN that Jean will announce his candidacy on “Larry King Live.”