Wyclef won't give up presidential bid
Published 23/08/2010 | 05:00
Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean said yesterday that he is not abandoning his presidential bid and will try to get the courts to overturn a decision disqualifying him from the race.
Speaking by telephone, Jean said his lawyers will file an appeal with the national electoral dispute office. Jean said that he has a document "which shows everything is correct" and that he and his aides "feel that what is going on here has everything to do with Haitian politics."
"They are trying to keep us out of the race," he said, referring to Haiti's political establishment.
Haiti's elections board rejected Jean's candidacy on Friday, presumably because it decided he had not met residency requirements, although it did not cite a reason.
Under Haitian law, a presidential candidate must have lived in the country for five consecutive years leading up to the election.
Jean has argued that he was not required to comply with the law so strictly because after President Rene Preval appointed him as roving ambassador in 2007, he was allowed to travel and live outside the country.
The singer said that he is appealing the Haitian board's decision on the basis that it rejected his candidacy before the national electoral dispute office, or BCEN, could issue a final ruling on the matter.