Wyclef Jean to run for President of Haiti

Days before the Aug. 7 deadline, Haitian-American superstar Wyclef Jean has confirmed to Time.com that he will run for President of Haiti in this year’s Nov. 28 election. “If not for the earthquake, I probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this,” Jean said. “If I can’t take five years out to serve my country as President…then everything I’ve been singing about, like equal rights, doesn’t mean anything.” Jean may announce his candidacy on Thursday’s Larry King Live once he has arrived in Port-au-Prince from New York.

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  • JF

    Is this for real?
    Well, he cant do worse then all the previous corrupted presidents!

    • Kat

      These were exactly my thoughts as well!

    • tue_dat

      LOL–I didn’t believe it at first either. You know I think he could do it. He’s qualified and all…has a political science degree, knows the law, an organized leader–I mean, he kept the Fugees together for 10 years or so? Good enough for one term to keep a severely broken country together!! Just ignore the alleged corruption within his own charity and telling everyone to adopt Hatian kids, but he himself does not.

  • retirednotdead

    good for him!

  • Ugly Jenny

    I was just in Haiti in February on a medical missions trip with a church, and let me tell you firsthand, how desperate that country is for order and an ethical government. Haiti has so much potential to be an even more beautiful and prosperous country. I wish Wyclef the best of luck, especially if it means a Fugees reunion!

    • mel g

      aww Jenny you’re my hero! I’m getting all misty-eyed thinking bout how much of a do-gooder you are!

  • Matt

    You’ve got to be kidding me. How about serving your country by living there and running as an elected official before running as president? This is everything that’s wrong with celebrities.

    • steph

      I agree with this.

    • AuntieD

      Made me wonder what his credentials are. I hope Larry King will find out.

    • Jim in LV

      Just another bloated ego that will end up being no different from the corrupt Presdident’s that came before him. His track record speaks for itself.

  • AF

    I’m tired of playing my guitar in clubs in LA. I like Brazil. I going to get out and about and run for President of Brazil. Afterwards, I’ll try skydiving..always wanted to give it a shot..why not?

  • jasonH

    wait, I thought that was will.I.am.? are you sure that’s not him? anyway, its time for everybody to quit crying about that Haiti crap, that was months ago. are celebrities gonna cry about that forever like they did 9/11? yawn.

    • Bree

      Just because a disaster happened a long time ago doesn’t mean everything is fixed. It takes a long time and a lot of effort to recover from something like that earthquake.

      • Hol

        Bree you are such a crybaby! boo hoo Haiti, blah blah blah.

      • Mel

        Jason H and Hol (which are probably the same person), you’re d0chebags.

      • slagger

        that’s real mature mel. its probably lard as$es like you and your mom that caused the earthquake.

    • Alice

      Typical American response – “we sent food! We sent aid! We’ve rescued the day! Mission accomplished! Ok, bye.”

      Have dimwitted schmucks like you paused to consider how many years of work, how much long-term relief goes into recovery from a natural disaster like an earthquake? New Orleans, for instance, is STILL recovering from Katrina, and this is in one of the most prosperous countries in the world.

      • Anna

        “Typical American response”

        No, just a typical douche response.

      • Desmo

        How wonderfully tolerant of you Alice. I’m glad that whatever country you come from has given so much to the people of Haiti.

  • DudeInLOLO

    Will this keep him from singing? If so, I’m all for it!

    • sarCC

      I agree. He needs to be stopped. Hopefully paperwork can do it.

  • bunker

    I’m betting most of the cynics know nothing about Haiti and it’s history. They’re just a-holes who think apathy is cool.

  • ytui

    why are you calling the people of Haiti a-holes???? you’re insensitive! they may not be very smart or attractive, but don’t call them that!

    • diva

      Just to let you know we are smart and attractive. I should know since I am Haitian and I think speak pretty well if I say so myself. So all I got to say to you is stop being a jerk

    • Alice

      Morons, she was talking about the CRITICS, not the Haitian people.

  • We are

    I thought Haiti was closed ’cause of AIDS?

  • Genevieve

    As a Haitian, when I heard this news, I laughed out loud. When I told the rest of my family, they thought I was joking. Wyclef needs to stick to making music. Haiti needs a strong leader, not a celebrity.

  • Cyborg Superman

    Wyclef embezzled funds from his own foundation, a foundation setup to help Haiti. I also recall him spouting a bunch of racist remarks to school kids in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. Not every leader is a great leader, but this guy doesn’t stand a chance.

  • Peg

    no wounder the worlds going down the crapper, why do celebraties think they can change the world? when it people like me and you give what ever we can and lead a helping hand when its needed, we make the difference NOT CELEBRATIES

    • walrusgajoob

      Try learning to write and spell before you even think of the small contribution you make toward changing the world. This is why Cuba ranks higher in the education than the U.S. Our literacy rate is ridiculous, and people are crying about the intelligence, drive and passion of celebrities. Get off the internet and go back to school.

  • Barry

    Good…now maybe he’ll stop recording his crappy music.

  • solarjetpro

    It’s his right to run; good for him. Do to corruption, the people’s right to decide has been taken from them. With Wyclef, there is a chance for transparency and improvement.

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