Though the Haitian elections board denied singer Wyclef Jean the chance to run for president of the country on Friday night, the Haitian-born singer isn’t giving up. Chances are, Jean’s candidacy was rejected because of residency requirements, though the board didn’t actually state a reason–and now Jean is fighting back.
The singer, who founded the group Yele Haiti to help the struggling country, told The Associated Press he has a document “which shows everything is correct,” and that he believes Haitian politics are at the root of the resistance. “They are trying to keep us out of the race,” Jean said.
While Haitian law states presidential candidates must live in Haiti for five consectuive years leading up to the presidential election, Jean has stated he doesn’t have to follow that law because he was appointed a roving ambassador in 2007 by President Rene Preval. Jean said that appointment allowed him to travel and live outside of Haiti, but still kept him eligible for presidency.
And he’s not the only one who wants the decision to not let him run be overturned. Many people in Haiti support Jean and his goals. “I love what Wyclef is doing,” said Paul Jean Augustine. “We’re ready to die for Clef, and without him there’s no election. We are with him 100 percent.”
The 40-year-old singer’s lawyers are appealing the decision, which he stated on his Twitter feed on Sunday: “Tomorrow our Lawyers are appealing the decision of the CEP. We have met all the requirements set by the laws. And the law must be Respected.”
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