.

Haitian Official Claims Wyclef Jean Ineligible for Run

Singer told Rolling Stone he might "challenge the judicial system" if his campaign is denied

August 20, 2010 9:58 AM ET

Exclusive Video: See Wyclef Jean Discuss His Run for President of Haiti

Jean dismissed the report. "I wanted to clarify a rumor on Reuters that there's a list of candidates that came out and that [my] name isn't on it," he told CNN yesterday. "That's not true. The list is supposed to come out tomorrow…It's looking good for us." In a statement released this morning, Jean continued campaigning. "Regardless of what's going on with my candidacy, I feel like it's my duty to keep reminding the world that on Jan. 12, my homeland of Haiti suffered its worst natural disaster in its 200-year history…My job as the commander-in-chief will be to make Haiti once again the "pearl of the Antille" ("La perle des Antilles"), so that we can call upon the diaspora to again invest in their homeland. I have a plan to ask all the Haitians living abroad to invest $10 each, and for this investment each person will get a share in a project, whether it be roads, schools, hospitals, airports, stores, even hotels or movie theaters. These are all things our country needs to flourish."

In this week's issue of Rolling Stone, Jean addressed the possibility of being denied candidacy. "If [i can't get on the ballot], I have to be willing to accept that as law, and not provoke my people to erupt. At the end of the day, the law is the law." But, he added, "that doesn't mean we're not going to challenge the judicial system if we feel like there's foul play. I'm going to keep doing what i'm doing, even if I am excluded. The movement will continue right up until election day on November 28."

Yesterday Jean also met with current Haitian President Rene Preval for a two-hour talk. Preval, who cannot run for reelection, is meeting with all potential candidates. According to the AP, the two had a positive conversation. "I feel that the president that I voted for five years ago is the same person that was sitting in front of me today," Jean offered. The singer, who said he was forced into hiding in Haiti after receiving death threats relating to his candidacy, declined Preval's offer of extra security, saying he now felt "comfortable" with his level of safety.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com