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Former Fugee Has High Hopes for Haitian Presidency

Posted on Jul 28, 2010
Wyclef Jean
AP / Diane Bondareff

Wyclef Jean is overcome with emotion during a press conference in New York last January after a visit to quake-stricken Haiti.

Musician and native Haitian Wyclef Jean, who also represents one-third of the Fugees himself, is pondering a bid to become Haiti’s next president. Jean, who made pleas for his homeland after last winter’s earthquake on behalf of his Yéle Haiti Foundation, hasn’t kept his ideas under wraps, either, and his family was at the ready on Tuesday with a press release to drum up further interest in Jean’s potential plans.  —KA

“Speakeasy” in The Wall Street Journal:

The singer is mulling a bid for the top job in Haiti, which is up for grabs in November. Asked about the possibility of running by CNN, he said he’s already filled out the paperwork.

“I can’t sing forever,” he said.

Then there was his family, which took to the press with its own statement Tuesday:

“Wyclef’s commitment to his homeland and its youth is boundless and he will remain the greatest supporter regardless of whether he is part of the government going forward,” the statement said.

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By rico, suave, August 1, 2010 at 8:09 am Link to this comment

My concern is that Mr Jean, who has been living a lifestyle where he gets money for nothin’ and chicks for free, will enter the Presidential Palace and realize right away that his new lifestyle will make the old one seem like solitary confinement. Bling??? He ain’t seen bling!


“why anyone decent would want to run for president of Haiti WHEN HAITI HAS A PRESIDENT…” Do you believe that all presidents should only be replaced after they die/resign, a la Fidel, Mubarak, Mugabe? Or are you just talking about Haiti? And if so, why should Haiti be different from any other parliamentary democracy?

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By robert puglia, July 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment
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perhaps he is not so cynical as his detractors.

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By Tobysgirl, July 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment

Thank you, Robespierre115, for this info. I wondered why anyone decent would want to run for president of Haiti WHEN HAITI HAS A PRESIDENT. I find it unbelievable that he supported the coup; he must just be a giant ego looking for another stage, like our Arnold.

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By Robespierre115, July 28, 2010 at 9:30 am Link to this comment

This has to be a joke. Does Wyclef even live in the real world? He does realize that Haiti is run by a death squad regime right? He should know this considering he supported the 2004 US-backed coup against the elected Aristide government and the kidnapping of Aristide. Haiti needs real, almost revolutionary change, not a ridiculous repeat of what California has lived through under Arnold.

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