Told You So!: Wyclef Jean Not On The List Of Haitian President Candidates!

- By Bossip Staff

We told you earlier this week… that Wyclef was not going to be on the list of candidates for Haitian President. Now it’s almost official:

Haiti hip-hop star Wyclef Jean is not on the list of approved candidates who satisfy legal requirements to run in the country’s November 28 presidential election, an electoral official said on Thursday.

The presidential bid by the 40-year-old singer-songwriter and international celebrity had triggered widespread enthusiasm in his poor, earthquake-ravaged Caribbean homeland. But it had been challenged on the grounds he did not fully meet the requirements, including a key one on Haitian residency.

“He is not on the list as I speak,” the electoral official, a member of the country’s provisional electoral council who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.

He said the electoral disputes bureau entrusted with settling challenges to candidates had ruled that Jean did not meet several legal requirements, but he gave no more details.

The provisional electoral council was due to formally publish on Friday the full list of approved candidates to run in the election to choose a successor to President Rene Preval, who cannot seek re-election after two terms in office.

Jean, who left Haiti with his family to live in New York at the age of 9 and launched his music career in the United States, was among 34 contenders for the Haitian presidency who filed their documents with the council this month.

Contacted by Reuters, Jean declined to make any immediate comment, saying he had not been officially notified of any decision and would try to confirm the information.

Earlier, he met President Preval. A photo of them meeting, both smiling, was posted by Jean on his Twitter account.

On Tuesday, the provisional electoral council said it was postponing until Friday its announcement of the final list.

That sparked feverish expectation that has raised fears of political tensions and possible violence in the volatile Caribbean country.

Jean’s jump into politics galvanized the Haitian political scene, triggering enthusiasm among the country’s restless, widely unemployed youth, who see him as a refreshing symbol of home-grown hope, and alarm among the traditional Haitian political elite who seemed to feel threatened by him.

Slogans scrawled in Creole on city walls reading: “Youth supports Youth” and “Wyclef means change” testified to his support among the young, and youth and Creole musical groups had already declared their backing for his candidacy.

Haiti, the poorest state in the Americas, is still struggling to recover from a magnitude 7 earthquake that struck the teeming capital, Port-au-Prince, and surrounding area on January 12, killing up to 300,000 people and dealing a crippling blow to the already underdeveloped economy.

The electoral council member told Reuters he had heard reports that some candidates might be preparing to stir up violent protests if their candidacies were rejected.

“I’ve even been told that they have already bought and distributed machetes. … It’s up to security officials to assume their responsibilities,” he added.

“But we are doing our job and we will continue to assume our responsibilities regardless of what people do or say,” the electoral official said.

U.N. and Haitian police have stepped up joint patrols in the still rubble-strewn streets of the capital, including around the electoral council headquarters. About 1.5 million homeless quake survivors are living under tents and tarpaulins in the streets of the hilly, ramshackle coastal city.

“I’m not a candidate who will promote violence,” Jean told Reuters on Wednesday, although he said then he had gone into hiding after receiving death threats.

Jean and his lawyers had argued he fulfilled the residency requirement to be a candidate.

They cited his Haitian passport, his rural family home at Lassere outside Port-au-Prince and his share in local commercial TV station Telemax. They say he has maintained a “constant presence” in Haiti since 2005, while arguing his appointment in 2007 as a roving “ambassador-at-large” for Haiti involved some inevitable absences from the country.

Other candidates who faced legal challenges were former two-time Prime Minister Jacques Edouard Alexis, Leslie Voltaire, a U.S.-educated urban planner and former minister, and Yvon Neptune, another former prime minister who served under former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The initial presidential contenders not yet vetted by electoral authorities include Raymond Joseph, Jean’s uncle and former Haitian ambassador to the United States, and well-known opposition leader and former first lady Mirlande Manigat.

We hope violence doesn’t break out in Haiti because of any of this.


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  • Mr.uPPeR CuTTs

    Good.. I wouldn’t put dat dumb n!g on anything to run as president of a country. Haiti needs someone who is smart and can really help them. not try and get his own publicity.






    • Geronimo Deuces


      thats why he is stealing from them, wtf

  • zw

    The only “Hope” there should be is that the next president actually do what the majority is deserving of and entitled to, not just a few pockets.

    It’s 2010, and decades later, the vast majority are subject by continual poverty and lack of up-to-code infra-

    structure from health care, education, vocational training, and jobs, by no coincidence, due to the same practices in the Haiti power elite, the Parliament, to the Presidents office.

    W/ an annual rate of income so LOW among the population, someone with no one in his or her pockets stands the best chance.

    With such a per capita annual income, manufacturing is one possibility and there are many other chances to attract investment when necessary changes, that are as possible as the administration is committed to making this take place in time. Replace the failures of Haiti with success, by deciding to do so, and sticking with it.

    Exercise the responsible, non-political, Act of Auditing of funds received from the U.S. and others. It’s simple, reasonable, rational, and fair to do so for proof or otherwise, to verify the retrievable records of the Million$ of dollars from the U.S. and others.

    Many countries Constitutions (If you r reading this, do your own homework on your own, and reach your own conclusions, not that of someone else) re-

    quire an accounting/Audit of monies received from any and all sources, through verifiable records, & to follow electronic & paper trails, as should be expected for the start of a new foundation of the necessary changes to get Haiti on it’s feet once and for all in the present, and not repeat the same excuses and corruption of those particular people involved, and the rooting out of anyone and anything contrary to responsibility, accountability, integrity, the safety, interest, and Rights of Haitian citizens.

    Haiti’s citizens have always been entitled to this.

    It is long overdue to “Break the cycle” of man-made failure & corruption, & to end the mindset of the the belief that positive changes cannot happen. Look at the progression elsewhere as proof. There are enough of them.

    It takes time to turn things around, but it is absolutely possible.

  • Michelle

    Hopefully the next president will work extremely hard to bring Haiti back to its feet. Otherwise, I’ll be the first to sit back and say “Wyclef would have done better”. LOL. I’m not Haitian but God bless Haiti and it’s people.

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  • Blessed Daughter

    Wyclef can still help his people in Hati. He can help by creating jobs, and housing with his foundations contributions. I hope that he does not give up on his dreams of helping his people they really need him.



  • Monako

    Good grief.

    Can we just sink Haiti into the ocean now? Couldn’t care less about the worlds largest garbage dump we call Haiti.

  • Rihanna'sSharpNPointyWitchyFingernailsTookTheOath

    CNN said he is still waiting for the list to see, well after this post was made.

  • casey jones

    it was for the best; because anyone who’s 1st. order of business would be dual citizenship for the people would be ignorant and mis- guided. and to go on record saying that you would work your people for 3 dollars a day = 12 hrs. is first order of business would be to contact these heavy equipment earth moving companies and make a deal to get the proper equipment in that country to move rubble and earth. you are starting from scratch. its not about self serving dual citizenship. what a mentallity

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