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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Wyclef mulls Haiti presidency bid

Wyclef Jean is considering a run for president of Haiti
Wyclef Jean is considering a run for president of Haiti

Wyclef Jean is considering a run for president of Haiti but has not decided whether to seek a five-year term as leader of the earthquake-ravaged nation.

There have been rumours for some time the Haitian-born entertainer might enter the 2010 presidential contest, ever since his 2007 appointment as ambassador-at-large for the Caribbean nation by President Rene Preval, who cannot seek re-election.

In a statement emailed to reporters, the family said: "Wyclef's commitment to his homeland and its youth is boundless, and he will remain its greatest supporter regardless of whether he is part of the government moving forward ... If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately."

The letter was signed "The Jean Family". A spokeswoman for the musician confirmed the message's authenticity.

Jean, 37, was born on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince but left the hemisphere's poorest country as a child and grew up in New York City's borough of Brooklyn.

He recently said he intended to be involved in the November 28 election, but not necessarily as a candidate.

"Do I have political intentions? At this time no. But what I do have is a movement - it's called Face a Face, 'Face to Face'," Jean said. "The youth population ... we are going to encourage them to vote."

To enter the race, Jean would have to prove he has resided in Haiti for five consecutive years, own property in the country and have never been a citizen of any country other than Haiti.

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