Haiti is in for a surprise as Wyclef Jean will be running for president. Jean, the Grammy-winning previous frontman of the Fugees, said he feels it is his calling to lead his native land out of the despair caused by the earthquake in Haiti last January. Jean's running within the election is going to be interesting considering it is one of probably the most important elections Haiti will ever have. Many are concerned because Jean has no political experience. Whether he will qualify to run is also in question, because he left Haiti at age 9 and grew up in New York and New Jersey.
[B]Wyclef Jean trying to become president[/B]
Wyclef Jean's presidential aspirations were revealed on a Miami radio station Thursday morning. Because Jean is running, he will stop being the founder and chairman of the Yélé foundation, reports the Miami Herald. Jean's Yélé Haiti Foundation has raised $ 9.1 million for Haiti earthquake relief, as outlined by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. This devastating earthquake on January 12 was big enough to get a 7.0 magnitude rating while Jean responded almost first to the capital city, Port au Prince.
[B]Jean runs because of Haiti earthquake[/B]
Wyclef Jean described his candidacy for Haitian president as a calling. He interviewed with the New York Times saying:
[I]"I'm not running for president so much as I'm being drafted. The youth, in their mind, if I don't come and put a perspective to things, they feel there's no future for the country, and I have to agree with them."[/I]
Jean was intended to register with the election board in Haiti before flying back to announce his candidacy on "Larry King Live," reports the times. Candidates for the Haitian presidency must be citizens with five or more years of residency in Haiti. Even though he left the country as a child, Jean said he met both requirements. Born in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti, he holds a Haitian passport.
[B]Jean compares himself to be just like Havel and Reagan[/B]
Vaclav Havel and Ronald Reagan are people that Jean talks about when referring to his transition, reports Time magazine who talked to NPR. Before Reagan and Havel got elected, they got a lot of experience which is as opposed to Jean. The most successful musician in politics may be former Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett, who serves as Australia's environment minister. The Dave Rowntree, Blur drummer, tried to get into British parliament this year but lost along with all of the Labour party.
[B]Haiti doing very bad[/B]
November 28 is when the elections can be made for what Wyclef Jean wants to win and also the Miami Herald explains this could possibly be an very important vote. The winner will face the challenge of leading reconstruction efforts in the wake of the massive earthquake that claimed an estimated 300,000 lives. Even though it has been six months since it happened, 1.6 million individuals have camps they are living in.
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