Wyclef Jean is the most famous Haitian in the world. He’s best known as a member of the multi-platinum Grammy award winning hip hop group The Fugees. Now it looks like Wyclef might be running for president of Haiti.
The Le Droit newspaper reported that an anonymous source “close to the government” in Port-au-Prince said Wyclef is only waiting on the paperwork before he makes his decision public.
The current president, René Préval, can’t run for re-election because of a two term limit law.
The presidential election should have been held in February and March, but devastating earthquakes rocked the poor nation and the elections were cancelled. Now elections will be held on November 28.
Since the crushing earthquakes destroyed much of Haiti, Wyclef has been one of the most vocal celebrities trying to keep attention on Haiti.
This weekend in the UK’s Daily Mirror he wrote: “Haiti still needs our help – more than ever. People around the world made lots of promises, and we want those promises to be kept. My wife Claudinette and I are passionate about rebuilding Haiti. We’ve seen the situation with our own eyes, and we’ve been listening to others.”
“Rebuilding has been delayed by land disputes, bureaucratic roadblocks, customs problems, differences of opinion about strategy and even delays in getting the actual pledged money to Haiti,” he wrote. “I’m a warrior and can’t stand by quietly while promises aren’t kept. I won’t ever surrender.”
However, as of today, Wyclef says he’s not running. In an interview with Fox Business today, he said, “I would say right now, currently at this minute, no.”
Wyclef Jean to run for Haitian presidency: report. National Post. July 26, 2010.