Somehow I knew this was coming.
Wyclef Jean‘s name may not be on the official list of Haitian presidential candidates. According to Reuters, an electoral college voted that the former Fugee’s frontman was ineligible to run for office because he could not prove 5 consecutive years of Haitian residency.
Wyclef spoke with Larry King yesterday, saying that the Reuters story was just a rumor, and that the official list would not be made available until sometime today. Jean also said that if he is in fact denied the opportunity to run, he would still continue to organize the youth of Haiti for education reform.
Jean was born in and lived the first 9 years of his life in Haiti before moving to New York. He never, however, became a U.S. Citizen, and was one of the greatest voices for the impoverished country following the devastating earthquake that rocked the nation’s capitol in January. This presidential campaign has been quite a bumpy one, however. His whole PR team quit earlier this week, and Pras, Jean’s former groupmate, announced that he was backing another candidate in the presidential race.
I guess we’ll have to wait for the official word from Wyclef’s twitter….