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Wyclef Claims ‘Trickery’ Blocked His Presidential Bid

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Posted on Aug 24, 2010
AP / Ramon Espinosa

Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean greets supporters from the top of a vehicle after submitting the paperwork to run for president of Haiti in Port-au-Prince on Aug. 5.

It’s not looking likely that Fugee alumnus and Haitian presidential wannabe Wyclef Jean will be successful in his quest to become his homeland’s next head of state. The problem apparently lies in the official residency requirements for presidential candidates, which Jean wasn’t able to fulfill—but that doesn’t mean he’s going down without a fight.  —KA

New York Daily News:

Even before our work began friends in Haiti and abroad had warned me that much trickery would be used to block me. The result: CEP has proved it true,” Jean said in an audio message in Creole, which was distributed to the media in Haiti.

[...] At first, Jean, 37, said he would abide by the council’s decision. But he later changed his mind, and announced on Twitter that he’d appeal.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, August 26, 2010 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment

Just wanted to reiterate what I posted earlier on this particular article prior to my account being “mysteriously” deleted according to TruthDig.

I can forward anyone the email chain if interested…

Hmm, a case of censorship have we?


1) Get in contact with Chomsky and ask for advice

2) Get ready to start writing some big checks, money talks and broke folks walk

3) Get over the impression that everyone person residing in Haiti, whether national or not, is going to accept you or even tolerate you going over there and ‘helping out.’

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By rico, suave, August 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

And now the ego kicks in. It’s all about Jean. Typical third world political mentality.

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By Robespierre115, August 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment

Trickery? Like the trickery Wyclef supported when he backed Bush II’s coup against the elected Aristide government? This clown is just getting a taste of his own medicine, if there was even any real trickery involved, he doesn’t even live in Haiti.

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