Tuesday, Wyclef Jean announced that he is officially running for President of Haiti after filing paperwork there last week; Haiti is his homeland and was devastated in a massive earthquake that struck the country in January. Wyclef told CNN and Time magazine that he will run in the November 28 election.
Jean is a Grammy award winning rapper, and he has raised millions of dollars for his country through his foundation. He has worked steadily to build temporary shelters through his Yele Haiti organization.
Wyclef told CNN last week, “I can’t sing forever.”
Last week Wyclef’s foundation released this statement:
“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.”
“At this time, Wyclef Jean has not announced his intent to run for Haitian president. If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately.”
To see photos of how devastating the January earthquake was to Haiti, click here.
Wyclef Jean’s foundation collected millions of dollars from the public for Haiti earthquake victims and in January he was accused of using some of that money for his own profit. For more on that story and to see Jean’s response in a video, click here.
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