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Wyclef to run for Haiti president

Published 04/08/2010 | 04:17

Wyclef Jean will run for Haiti president
Wyclef Jean will run for Haiti president

Wyclef Jean is to run for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

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The music star's spokeswoman Cindy Tanenbaum said he was planning an announcement and that he was preparing a political communications team.

Wyclef's brother Samuel said the singer would announce his intentions in a televised interview from Haiti after filing the required documents with the electoral council.

"We all believe he meets the constitutional requirements and he can do it," Samuel Jean said from his consulting office in Los Angeles.

Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques, the ex-head of the country's Chamber of Deputies, had already said that the hip hop artist would run as part of his coalition in the November 28 election.

Mr Jean-Jacques, who will be seeking to return to the Chamber of Deputies in the election, said he would be a candidate for a new coalition that calls itself Ansanm Nou Fo, which translates as "together we are strong" in Creole.

Wyclef is popular in Haiti for his music and for his work through his charity Yele Haiti, which raised millions after the January 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 300,000 people.

Rumours have circulated for months that the musician, 37, would run for president. The singer has always been careful not to rule out a run for the office and even recorded a song called If I Was President. He was born outside Port-au-Prince but left as a child and grew up in Brooklyn, New York City.

Dozens of candidates are expected to compete for the presidency in the November election, among them Jean's uncle Raymond Joseph, who is Haiti's ambassador in Washington. Other likely candidates include former prime ministers, mayors and another popular Haitian musician, Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly.

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