Years after Wyclef Jean released ‘If I Was President’, the hip-hop megastar may soon discover just how difficult it can be to lead a nation.
This week the multi-millionaire international recording artist filed his formal paperwork to run for president of the country of Haiti. Wyclefs former band mate Pras sat down with Al Jazeera to explain exactly why he is not backing his Fugees bandmate.
Thoughts? Do you think Wyclef is the right man for the job?
Go under the cut to see Wyclef discussing his vision for his country with CNN.
Wyclef Jean officially registered as a candidate for Haiti’s November presidential election.
I would like to tell (U.S.) President Barack Obama that the United States has Obama and Haiti has Wyclef Jean,”
The three-time Grammy award-winner told cheering supporters in a downtown area of Port-au-Prince.
In related news Sean Penn has spoken out about Wyclef Jean’s intention to run for President of Haiti.
This is somebody who’s going to receive an enormous amount of support from the United States, and I have to say I’m very suspicious of it, simply because he, as an ambassador at large, has been virtually silent. For those of us in Haiti, he has been a non-presence. I’m not accusing Wyclef Jean of being an opportunist; I don’t know the man,” Sean added. “One of the reasons I don’t know very much about Wyclef Jean is that I haven’t seen or heard anything of him in these last six months that I’ve been in Haiti.” Sean told CNN(via USA Today).
Wyclef responded on ‘The Gayle King’ Show today, saying,
He hasn’t seen me for six months – I have been going to Haiti for more than five years. When the hurricane toppled Haiti, I was the first one there….if I did not create Yele Haiti to start stopping the violence, even him coming to Haiti would not have been possible today.”
Jean told TIME he is going to announce his candidacy for the Nov. 28 election just days before the Aug. 7 deadline
If not for the earthquake, I probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this,” Jean says. “The quake drove home to me that Haiti can’t wait another 10 years for us to bring it into the 21st century.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.”
The ex-Fugees star is not ruling out running for presidency of Haiti.
Wyclef may reprtedly seek a five-year term as leader of the earthquake-ravaged nation.
It has long been speculated that the Haitian-born entertainer might enter the 2010 presidential contest, ever since President Rene Preval appointed him ambassador-at-large for the Caribbean nation in 2007
His family released the following statement today:
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.”
Christina Aguilera visited earthquake ravaged Haiti last week with the charity, World Food Program. The pop singer is the new goodwill ambassador and was filmed participating in school feeding programmes in quake-stricken Haiti.
Together with her husband Jordan Bratman, the singer toured with WFP aid workers and spent time with mothers and children who have found refuge in camps after the January earthquake.
She also visited schools to meet the children receiving food aid through WFP school meal programmes.
‘Wavin Flag’ off K’Naan’s ’Troubadour’ album has been given the remix treatment to include other Canadian artists; Drake, Kardinal Offishall, Justin Bieber, Avirl Lavigne, Jully Black, Sam Rovebers, Nikki Yanofsky and more. The artists have come together to show their support and raise money for Haiti.
All the proceeds from ‘Ressurrection’ are being donated to the people of Haiti.
Lupe and Kenna along with a whole host of celebrities recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for the worldwide water crisis. The documentary about the climb premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on MTV in the US.
Leona Lewis is auctioning herself to raise money for Oxfam’s Haiti earthquake response this week. Fans can bid to spend an afternoon with Leona, taking in anything from bowling and horse riding to an intimate dinner with the star.
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