|Wyclef might run for president|
|Friday, 30 July 2010 13:45|
When Haitian-born rapper Wyclef Jean penned the song “If I Was President,” in 2008 he might not have thought he would be mulling the idea of running for president in the 2010 elections in his home country.
But this is what family members are saying about the ex-Fugee member, who has been instrumental in the fight against poverty in Haiti.
Rumors have been swirling for some time that Jean, who was appointed as ambassador-at-large for Haiti by President Rene Préval, may enter Haiti’s large field of presidential hopefuls for 2010.
“Wyclef's commitment to his homeland and its youth is boundless, and he will remain its greatest supporter regardless of whether he is part of the government moving forward ... If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately,” his family said in a statement signed “The Jean Family” and e-mailed to reporters.
According to one of Jean’s spokespersons, the letter is bona fide.
The 37-year-old musician was born on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, but migrated to the U.S. as a child and grew in Brooklyn.
Jean, through his Yele Haiti Foundation has raised money to assist in alleviating poverty in Haiti and helping the nation’s youth through various activities. The organization has been helpful since the January 12 earthquake which devastated the nation leaving over 300,000 dead and millions homeless.
Although Jean is popular among his countrymen, there is no telling what might happen to him as a candidate in the often violent and contentious elections that Haiti is known for.
Scores of candidates are expected to throw their hats in the ring by the August 7 deadline. Elections are due Nov. 28.
To qualify, according to the Haitian constitution, Jean would have to prove that he has lived in Haiti for five consecutive years, is a property owner there and has never been a citizen of any other country but Haiti.
Wyclef’s song says, “If I was president, I'd get elected on Friday. Assassinated on Saturday. Buried on Sunday.” Unfortunately, it might ring true, since Haitian presidents are often targeted, many not being able to complete their 5-year term, often being overthrown or assassinated.