Breaking: Wyclef’s Run For Haitian Presidency Is Denied


Vibe | August 20, 2010 - 1:05 am

Wyclef Jean has led the Haitian people as an ambassador, musician and philanthropist. But for now that’s as far as his leadership will extend.

According to Reuters, an unnamed election official reported that ‘Clef’s name has been left off the list of approved candidates who satisfy legal requirements to run for office. “He is not on the list as I speak,” said the member of the country’s provisional electoral council.

The anonymous council member said the founding Fugees member—who was born in Port-au-Prince and raised from age 9 in New York and New Jersey—did not meet several legal requirements to run for Haiti’s highest office. 


Wyclef was instrumental in providing support in the devastating 7.0-magnitude January earthquakes that shook the impoverished country to its core. He stepped down as founder and chairman of the Yéle Haiti Foundation to run for office.

Wyclef’s disqualification culminates a short and bumpy campaign trail. The rapper/producer’s PR team quit earlier this week, just days after fellow Fugee member Pras publically endorsed ‘Clef’s opponent, Michel Martell. Earlier this week, Jean received death threats. —John Kennedy