LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Wyclef Jean cannot run for President of Haiti. Jean accepted the decision given late Friday by Haiti election officials even though Jean disagreed with it. He later issued the following statement to news:
“Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same.
“I want to assure my countrymen that I will continue to work for Haiti’s renewal; though the board has determined that I am not a resident of Haiti, home is where the heart is — and my heart has and will always be in Haiti.”
There are 19 candidates approved to run for the presidency on November 28. The question remains if Jean will support any of those candidates. Election officials also ruled that Raymond Joseph, Jean’s uncle and the country’s ambassador to the U.S., is not eligible to run.
Approved candidates include Jude Celestin and Michel Martelly, singer of the song “Sweet Mickey.”