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article imageWyclef Jean for President?

By Mary Keshishian     Jul 28, 2010 in Politics
Brooklyn - Haiti born rapper, Wyclef Jean, wanting to run president in Haiti. Jean has already submitted the necessary paperwork to enter the race. The election is on Nov. 28, 2010.
Rapper. Humanitarian. Grammy Winner. Social Activist. Music Producer.
Musician Wyclef Jean has not officially declared his candidacy, but talk that the artist will enter the presidential race in his native Haiti has young members of Boston’s Haitian community excited.
Jean, 37, was born on the outskirts of Port-Au-Prince but left the hemisphere's poorest country as a child and grew up in New York City's borough of Brooklyn.
In a statement sent to the media on Tuesday, the family of the former refugees, who has served as ambassador-at-large under the current Haitian government, confirmed for the first time that he was considering putting his hip-hop infused music career on the back burner to run for Haiti's top job.
Reported on Boston Herald News, a statement says that 'Wyclef's commitment to his homeland and its youth is boundless, and he will remain its greatest supporter regardless of whether he is part of the government moving forward.'
Jean, who was born in Haiti but raised in New York, is extremely popular in the country where half of the population is under age 21. He has already submitted the necessary paperwork to enter the race and has until Aug. 7 to declare his candidacy. The election is Nov. 28.
Jean wrote an op-ed earlier this month in USA Today reminding the world to not forget about the long-term goals for Haiti as the six-month anniversary of the quake passed. Sounded a bit like a campaign kick-off:
"...There's the near future, in which we need to continue to provide as much support and aid as possible to the people still living in tents (about 1.2 million at last count), those living on the streets and those living in the rubble of their homes. They all lack adequate water supplies, enough food, a sense of security.
I just got back from my most recent trip to Haiti at the end of June and saw how powerless they all feel. The economic conditions in Haiti -- compounded by the massive destruction to infrastructure from the quake -- have left them with little hope for today, let alone for looking ahead.
We do need to be planning for Haiti's long-term future in the recovery efforts -- for the of the country and its people -- especially its children, who have long been my major focus."
What remains unclear is whether or not Jean is eligible for office under the rules of the Haitian constitution. But young Haitians are hopeful the world famous musician could bring change to their impoverished country.
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