Haitian election officials have rejected singer Wyclef Jean’s bid to run for president. Read more on this story below.
Wyclef Jean’s name was not listed as one of the 19 candidates approved to run for President of Haiti.
“I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same,” Jean said in a statement.
In an interview with CNN, Wyclef said he was surprised by the news.
“This has come to our party and to our group as a total shock,” he said.
“I want to assure my countrymen that I will continue to work for Haiti’s renewal; though the board has determined that I am not a resident of Haiti, home is where the heart is — and my heart has and will always be in Haiti,” Jean’s statement said. “This ruling just tells me that I can’t officially seek the office of president.”
Here’s the CNN report:
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