MABE Orphanage -- Port au Prince, Haiti

MABE Orphanage -- Port au Prince, Haiti

Saturday, July 24, 2010

If I was President... more than just a song?

[Editor's Note: Have the Haitians found their Schwarzenegger? Interesting development in a country where former President Aristide's Lavalas party, which represents somewhere between 75-90% of the Haitian people, has been excluded from the November 28th presidential and parliamentary elections by President Preval's hand-picked Electoral Commission.]

Report: Wyclef Jean poised to run for Haitian presidency

The Associated Press
Date: Saturday Jul. 24, 2010 5:45 PM ET

Haitian-born musician Wyclef Jean is overcome with emotion while discussing his recent visit to earthquake-stricken Haiti and how is organization, Yele Haiti, is helping with relief efforts, Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, in New York. (AP / Diane Bondareff)
MONTREAL — A spokeswoman for Wyclef Jean isn't saying whether the hip hop star has plans to run for the Haitian presidency.

Adrienne Jacoby was responding to a report in an Ottawa-based newspaper that says the Haitian-born musician is poised to run for president.

French-language newspaper Le Droit reports that a source close to the Haitian government is "sure" the singer and producer will be a candidate.

Jacoby, who works for Jean's charitable Yele Haiti Foundation, says the performer would likely issue a statement if and when he announces his candidacy.

She says rumours have been circulating about the possibility of Jean making a run for the presidency of the Caribbean nation.

When asked by Fox Business this week if he would run for president, Jean responded "currently at this minute, no."

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