Wyclef Jean announced earlier this month that he was ready to hit the presidential campaign trail in Haiti, but today the former Fugees member must accept the fact that he is ineligible to take part in the election.
Haiti’s election committee announced that the 40-year-old musician will not be allowed to run for president of the impoverished country. The commission did not express the reason why Wyclef failed to meet the eligibility requirements. Haiti requires presidential candidates to have resided in the country for five consecutive years, own property, and have no other citizenship but Haitian.
While the singer spent Thursday (Aug. 19) on “Larry King Live,” refuting claims that he was disqualified from running in the Haitian presidential campaign, he revealed his sentiments following the electoral commission’s decision. “Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same,” Wyclef said in a statement.
Besides Jean’s rejection from the candidacy, his uncle, Raymond Joseph, who is Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, was also rejected.