Wyclef Jean Barred From Haiti Presidential Race

"Do not think that my role in the future of Haiti is over," Jean said. "It's just a different role than I had anticipated it to be."

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Haiti's electoral board has denied Wyclef Jean's candidacy for president. The decision, confirmed yesterday, was not explained. Jean, who in this week's Rolling Stone suggested there might be a "challenge the judicial system if we feel like there's foul play" concerning the determination, emphasized in a statement that his supporters must "respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be." The New York Times reports that police and United Nations peacekeeping troops in Haiti had "prepared for the possibility of unrest after a rejection of Mr. Jean's bid." " I want to assure my countrymen that I will continue to work for Haiti's renewal," Jean said in his statement. "Do not think that my role in the future of Haiti is over; it's just a different role than I had anticipated it to be."

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