Wyclef Jean Disqualified from Running for Haiti President

Wyclef Jean‘s ambition to become Haiti’s next president ended just a few weeks since declaring his bid after the country’s electoral commission found him ineligible for lacking one of the requisites to become an official candidate in the November elections.

Jean’s candidacy was not accepted as he has not lived in Haiti for at least the last five years prior to the November 28 elections. Jean was among 15 prospective candidates who were disqualified. The commission approved the presidential bids of 19 other candidates. Jean said he was disappointed with the commission’s decision but accepts it nonetheless. “Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same,” he said.

Also disqualified was Jean’s uncle, Haiti’s U.S. Ambassador Raymond Joseph. Among those whose candidacy was approved was popular Haitian singer Michel Martelly, who is known in the Caribbean country as “Sweet Mickey” and is supported by Jean’s former Fugees group mate Pras Michel.