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    Tue, 24 Aug 2010 16:51:20

    Wyclef Jean Not Abandoning Bid For Haitian Presidency - He is going to try and overturn court ruling

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    • Wyclef Jean - RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Musician Wyclef Jean performs during the closing ceremony prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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    Wyclef Jean is not taking "no" for an answer. According to the Associated Press, the artist is not abandoning his bid to run for President of Haiti, his native country. He said he will try and get the courts to overturn their decision to disqualify him from running for Presidency due to the fact that he splits his time between New Jersey and Haiti, spending more time in the Garden State.

    Jean said his lawyers will file an appeal with the national electoral dispute office. The former Fugee also said that he has a document "which shows everything is correct" and that he and his aides "feel that what is going on here has everything to do with Haitian politics." He really wants to be President of Haiti, doesn't he?

    Under Haitian law, a Presidential candidate must have lived in the country for five consecutive years leading up to the election. Jean's answer to that conundrum? He says he is not required to comply with the law so strictly because after President Rene Preval appointed him as roving ambassador in 2007, he was allowed to travel and live outside the country. Hmm, what's good for the goose should be good for the gander, but...

    Many people in Jean's hometown of Croix des Bouquets - a suburb of the capital, Port-au-Prince - cheered the singer Sunday in his quest for the presidency. But not everyone was welcoming of ‘Clef's ambitions. He was in hiding last week due to death threats that were hurled his way as a result of his attempted candidacy.

    Has Wyclef Jean found a decent and workable loophole in his quest for Haitian Presidency?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.24.10




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