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Wyclef Jean wants to be president of Haiti




Hold onto your political hats this week, because Wyclef Jean is set to feed our addiction to election news by announcing he is running for president of his native Haiti. Well, it's not like he can do a worse job of things there than René Préval.

Time says the hip-hop performer and producer plans to formally throw his hat in the ring sometime before the Saturday deadline. Jean, you'll recall, moved to New York with his family when he was 9, but has maintained close ties there, especially after the Jan. 12 earthquake. He said working in the country disposing of bodies made him feel as if he'd "finished the journey from my basket in the bulrushes to standing in front of the burning bush." Comparing yourself to Moses is always good when you're arguing you always meant to run for office.

"If not for the earthquake, I probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this," Jean says. "The quake drove home to me that Haiti can't wait another 10 years for us to bring it into the 21st century. ... If I can't take five years out to serve my country as president, then everything I've been singing about, like equal rights, doesn't mean anything."

Of course, it's easily conceivable that the 37-year-old former Fugee could win. It's possible he could announce his candidacy as early as today, but if his campaign is anything like his charity, the Yele Haiti Foundation, he'll probably wait until the very last minute to solicit huge donations that will be distributed in a questionable manner.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 3:49pm]


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