Wyclef Jean rejected as Haiti presidential candidate

 

Haiti’s provisional
electoral council ruled on Friday that hip-hop star Wyclef Jean did not meet a
residency requirement to run as a presidential candidate in the nation’s
November 28 election.

Singer-songwriter Jean,
40, an international celebrity who is popular in his impoverished and
earthquake-ravaged homeland, was rejected from the list of approved candidates
read aloud by the council on Friday night.

Mr. Jean was among 34
presidential candidates vying for a spot in the election to choose a successor to
President Rene Preval, who cannot run again after two terms. The council
approved 19 candidates and rejected 15. Mr. Jean said the council had ruled he
did not meet the requirement that presidential candidates maintain five
consecutive years of residency in Haiti prior to running.

“We must all honour the
memories of those we’ve lost — whether in the earthquake, or at any time — by
responding peacefully and responsibly to this disappointment,” Mr. Jean said
in a statement.

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