Wyclef Jean Wants Haiti’s Vote

Wyclef_jeanBy Rachel Abrams

How much does a hip-hop star know about running a third world country?

According to Wyclef Jean, the former Fugee who harbors such aspirations, he knows enough. 

Jean plans to officially confirm his run for president of Haiti later this week, and that announcement has critics buzzing about his qualifications.

The Haitian-born star showed his dedication to the country in the weeks following its catastrophic earthquake. His charity, Yele, raised 9 million for relief efforts. But the organization fielded strong criticism when accounting irregularities surfaced in the weeks that followed. 

Jean has also not lived in Haiti for five consecutive years, a prerequisite for a presidential run. His younger brother, Samuel Jean, thinks authorities will wave the requirement since the former Fugee has served as a Haitian goodwill ambassador since 2007.

“I think what he demonstrated in Yele was leadership,” Samuel Jean told the AP. “When a problem was brought to his attention he immediately dealt with it openly and transparently.” 

No doubt the elder Jean hopes voters will see it the same way come the Nov. 28 elections.

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