July 28, 2010
Wyclef Jean to Run for President?
…of Haiti, that is!
According to Billboard, Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean has been considering entering the 2010 race “ever since his 2007 appointment as ambassador-at-large for the Caribbean nation by President Rene Preval.”
Jean has always been known to be an activist for his home country, so it makes sense that he would be considering a political move. It especially makes sense that he’d think about it, since the current president, Rene Preval, cannot run for re-election. So without an incumbent president to run against, Jean may actually have a shot at candidacy.
Born not too far from Port-au-Prince, Jean left Haiti at an early age and grew up in New York City. But, Haiti has never left his mind or his heart. He started a foundation for youth called the Yele Haiti Foundation in 2005, which provides scholarships and other funding to underprivileged children in Haiti.
However, Jean may have a difficult time trying to run for president (if he decided to do so), because he would have to prove that he has lived in Haiti for five consecutive years. He must also show that he has never been a citizen of any country other than Haiti. I’m not sure if he has ever been a citizen of the United States, but he does have property here…
The road may also be difficult and strenuous because elections in Haiti are often ridden with turmoil and violence. Riots are often sparked and people are frequently injured. There is also a lot of corruption in the political system, and Haitian presidents have not been known to carry out the constitutional five-year terms: they are either assassinated, overthrown, or self-declared dictators.
It will be interesting to see what Wyclef Jean’s decision will be when it comes to this election! I believe it is coming up (November 28), so I’d imagine we’ll find out soon!
Posted by Shaane at 7:50 am