Haitian Politician: Wyclef Jean to Announce Candidacy for President

With the deadline for the registration of candidates in November elections in Haiti approaching, singer Wyclef Jean is reportedly ready to announce his candidacy for president of the impoverished Caribbean country.

Ex-Chamber of Deputies head Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques said in an interview with the Associated Press that the 37-year-old former Fugees leader has agreed to join the newly built political coalition known as Ansanm Nou Fo, which means “together we are strong” in Creole. Jean’s spokeswoman Cindy Tanenbaum confirmed that the singer and record producer has made plans to make an announcement in Haiti on Thursday. However, she did not elaborate the details of the planned announcement.

The Haitian-born and America-raised singer has been rumored to be eyeing a jump into the political arena, especially since he became involved in the rebuilding efforts in his country after the January 12 earthquake that devastated a large part of Haiti. Jean is credited for raising millions for earthquake victims through his Yele Haiti Foundation.

The elections, which were initially set for February this year, will be held on November 28, but candidates must be registered by Saturday, August 7. Dozens of people are expected to run for president, including Jean’s uncle, Haitian Ambassador to Washington Raymond Joseph.

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