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Wyclef Jean drops appeal to run for president of Haiti

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If you thought Wyclef Jean's bid to become president of Haiti ended just because his petition to join the ballot was denied, well, you'd be right. But now he's not even going to appeal the country's decision, so that's really it. This means he won't be gone 'til November, huh?

"After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti," the 40-year-old performer told the BBC. He said his monthlong fight against the residency requirement for candidacy was to expose the electoral process.

"The appeal was meant to improve the electoral process for all, candidates and voters alike," he said. "It is one way that I hope to bring light to the functioning of a government that is often ranked as one of the most corrupt on the planet, resulting in a country that is by most measures the poorest in the Western world." In other words, he learned there was no way he could buy his way onto the ballot, so let's call it a civics lesson.

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