Wyclef Jean will not be the next President of Haiti. His bid for this office has ended before it really began.
Sources tell The Los Angeles Times that the artist has NOT been included on the list of approved candidates who satisfy legal requirements to run in the country’s November 28 election.
According to an electoral official, Wyclef does not meet all the legal requirements for the position, which include a home in Haiti; Jean primarily resides in New Jersey.
The singer was born in Haiti and moved to Brooklyn at the age of nine, later joining The Fugees and launching a music career in the United State.
He was among 34 contenders for the Haitian presidency who filed the proper documents this month, but “he is not on the list as I speak,” a member of the country’s provisional electoral council told the newspaper.
Wyclef’s initial bid was met with skepticism by many, including a former Fugees group member and most notably, Sean Penn.