Wyclef Jean officially ends Haiti President bidBy ANI
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
New York, Sept 22 (ANI): Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean has announced that he is officially ending his bid to become president of Haiti.
The Grammy-winning artist will not challenge an electoral commission that deemed him unqualified to run in the Nov. 28 race.
“After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti,” the New York Daily News quoted Jean as saying.
“This was not an easy conclusion to reach; but it is one that as thoughtfully made, taking into account many, many competing factors and weighing the course that will be advance the healing of the country and help it find the quickest path for recovery,” he said.
Wyclef was barred from running in the November elections, along with 14 other candidates, after the electoral commission found he did not meet the entry requirements.
He filed an appeal but has now decided to focus on his music instead.
His new album, “If I Were President, the Haitian Experience” is due to be released February 2011, followed by a worldwide tour.
“Some battles are best fought off the field, and that is where we take this now,” Wyclef added.
“It’s not about my candidacy - this appeal was meant to address the shortcomings of the process for every Haitian.
“Though my run for the presidency was cut short, in this way, I feel it was not in vain; it’s something we can use to improve conditions for my Haitian brothers and sisters,” he said. (ANI)