Wyclef submits presidential papers
Published 06/08/2010 | 07:12
Wyclef Jean submitted the paperwork to run for president of Haiti, thrusting himself into what is expected to be a highly competitive race and ending years of speculation about his political ambitions.
Several hundred of his supporters cheered as he arrived by motorcade in a dark suit and tie at an electoral office in the capital Port-au-Prince, still largely in ruins from the devastating January 12 earthquake.
Wyclef, 37, who was born in Haiti but raised in Brooklyn, New York City, stood on top of an SUV and bowed to the crowd.
"It's a moment in time and in history," Wyclef, accompanied by his wife and daughter, said as he went to hand in his candidacy papers, 10 minutes before the office closed. "It's very emotional."
As he left the building he was quickly engulfed by supporters and held a rally in the street.
"The US has Barack Obama and Haiti has Wyclef Jean," he shouted to the jubilant crowd, many wearing the free white T-shirts distributed by the candidate's backer's with the campaign slogan "Face to Face".