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Jean in ‘Hiding’ While Awaiting Presidential Run

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Posted on Aug 18, 2010
Wyclef Jean
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Wyclef Jean is overcome with emotion at a news conference in New York in January while discussing his visit to quake-stricken Haiti.

Former Fugee Wyclef Jean is making the most of his professed intent to become president of his native Haiti. Since announcing his bid for Haiti’s highest office, he’s met some resistance, including from an irked Sean Penn (is there any other kind?), and now he claims he’s had to go into “hiding” because of death threats from unknown hostile sources. All this suits the 24-hour news cycle just fine.  —KA


Jean told The Associated Press he had received a series of warnings, including a phone call telling him to “get out of Haiti”.

The singer’s plans have stirred controversy in the Caribbean country with his ex-bandmate Pras Michel and actor Sean Penn among those criticising his bid.

Haiti’s electoral commission has also postponed its ruling on who will be allowed to run for president until 20 August.

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By rico, suave, August 19, 2010 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

So Haiti has a commission which decides who’s “allowed” to run. Who picks the commission? (Don’t tell me. The CIA.)

I was almost ready to root for Jean based on his obvious emotional tie to his country. But I guess he’s just another pansy-ass entertainer with delusions of grandeur.

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By ronman, August 19, 2010 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

Um yeah. He’s in hiding because of PHONE threats. Good strong president HE would make! LOL! Fail!

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By Morpheus, August 18, 2010 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment
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Wake up People! This isn’t important. - “The world is on fire and you’re still talking.”

Join the Revolution! - Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( ) and


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By Robespierre115, August 18, 2010 at 11:28 am Link to this comment

Poor Wyclef just receieved a dose of REAL LIFE. This clown supported the 2004 US-backed coup against Aristide and is now discovering the consequences of supporting those kinds of policies. Ouch.

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