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Haiti Presidential election: What now for Wyclef?

Wyclef: appealing for candidacy

After a torrent of media speculation, a smartly dressed announcement and yes more than a few raised eyebrows international music star Wyclef Jean’s presidential ambitions have hit a major stumbling block.

The ruling last week of the Haitian election board means that Wyclef can’t appear on the ballot for the November Haitian presidential elections. Not to be deterred the music artist has launched an appeal to revive his political ambitions on the island.

“Jean is appealing on the grounds that his work as an ambassador for the country should make him exempt from the criteria a candidate would normally need to meet in order to secure their name on the Haitian presidential election ballot box.

Speculation is that as Wyclef has not lived in Haiti for five consecutive years has had his candidacy questioned and quashed. The governing body has ruled that he cannot run.

Jean said openly that he feels that the political elite in the country do not want him to run commenting that “They (politicians) are trying to keep us out of the race.”

However, while there has been opposition to his decision to run, he maintains there’s a support base on the ground that is unwavering.  So much so that officials are concerned about the possibility of conflict between supporters of Wyclef due and those who oppose his bid.

Jean awaits the decision of the governing body in Haiti which will be final.

By Leon Green & Richard Sudan

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