Wyclef Jean Ineligible To Run For President of Haiti

UPDATE #2: Wyclef is confirmed ineligible, the artist accepts ruling, but maintains that he could help lead Haiti.

Although earlier today Wyclef Jean told the Associated Press that he had a positive meeting with the current President of Haiti, authorities in the Caribbean country made a decision to deny his run for President. Yesterday, the former Fugees member was reportedly in hiding, awaiting this Friday's decision on eligibility.

Wyclef was not included on the list that was released today, which contains the candidates that meet the legal requirements to run in the November election. According to a council official who spoke with Reuters, Jean’s candidacy did not meet several legal requirements. The announcement will formally be stated Friday (August 20) to the public.

HipHopDX will keep you updated. (August 19)

UPDATE: Late the morning on August 20, Wyclef Jean tweeted the following message, indicating that he still was awaiting a formal verdict.

We await the decision of the Electoral Council,To see if I made the list as a Candidate. As it is written So Shall it be Done!less than a minute ago via UberTwitter

No announcement from the Electoral Council has been made as of Friday, late afternoon. (August 20)

UPDATE #2: The Electoral Council has spoke. Wyclef Jean, as reported Thursday, has been deemed inelgible to run for President of Haiti. Namely, the musical artist who resides in New Jersey, had not lived in Haiti for the last five years, a requirement for the office.

In a statement following the ruling, Wyclef said, "I was inspired to run for President because I know Haiti can become great with the right leadership, and I believe I could be that leader." He continued, “Ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be.”


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  • franco

    the hate here is unreal. The guy did so much for the relief effort, visibly distraught on several occasions. Despite the danger and death threats, a man tries to position himself where he has the ability to do the most he possibly can to help his country, and all you people do is sit behind your computers in the comfort of your own home and sneer at him. Even now he takes this news with humility, and you still say "Fuck him'. fuck him for trying to help his country.... WTF. This is why people say fuck the world. When someone tries to help, people always find a reason to tear them down, and those people are always the ones who are doing nothing to better anyone's lives. fuck the world.

    • dmize-one

      as with most goverments(including ours) the president is more or less a puppet post with no real powers... the president can kind of push in which way he wants policy to go but in the end the legislature/parliment/whatever yo want to call it decides which laws the country will live by... this is more so true with hati and thier lack of resources... the country needs inspiration right now and wyclef would inspire that whole country.. hati has tried it w/o wyclef for quite a long time (still one of the poorest countries in the world) it wouldnt have hurt to give clef a chance..

    • Grizzle

      If you're not qualified you shouldn't be trying to run a country, because you'll end up doing more harm than good, to the very people you were trying to help.

    • dmize-one

      co-sign... ive been watchin this whole hati mess from afar and wyclef is actually helpin out the country and doing what he can to build and improve hati.. motherfuckers that dont know shit about the situation come in here and start hating... the world needs more positivity for real.. all this negitive energy is contagious...

  • munz

    fuck wyclef. hes a fake ass hatian. why would he wanna be a hatian president? because he was from the fugees. hahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • courage

    ohh never mind Clef therz music to be made, ef politrix

  • Rachael Misek

    he went into hiding because he didn't get a presidential nomination? whaaat....

  • SeanPenn

    Where is my damn money negro?...

  • Essince

    Why is he a fraud? I don't understand... That sucks that he invested the time and energy into this and is ineligible.

    • dmize-one

      kinda... i know the U.S govt wants to set up a puppet goverment for some fuckin reason... wycelf is either a puppet for them or they dont want him to run thats why he didnt get on the list...

    • Anonymous

      he personally, who knows? yele missing funds the red cross a fruad as well there are news reports in mainstream media that are in the shadows about what is going on and major proof is in haiti itself!!! have you seen/heard what is going on there??

    • dmize-one

      wheres this proof of him takin the money and pocketing it?? ive been checkin up about where the money went and hes done more for the country so far than the red cross... he has had questionable shit in the past but hes also helped hati more than any one hatian...

    • Anonymous

      he's a fraud because he stole money from his ppl i mean im pretty sure u were one of the idiots who texted 5 bucks but do u know where the money went? its in the pockets of him and other ppl

  • Anonymous

    thank goodness!!!!!!! clef the fraud is out but i doubt any other out there isnt a fraud

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    • Anonymous

      he was going to have major american support especially those with corporate gain this nigga is an idiot. dont know if he is in on the scam, so either he's getting played like an imbecile or he's a major Fraud!

    • Cealix

      That's what I agree with. Haiti was fucked up to begin with. He was going to have NO american support whatsoever if he became president.

  • franco

    that's a bummer for him.

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