Yesterday evening, Wyclef Jean, joined by his wife Claudinette, daughter Angelina, and other close family members announced he will make a bid for president of Haiti in its upcoming November election. It wasn’t a surprise but…..Hip Hop for President? It’s about time!
Wyclef formally shared his intentions on “Larry King Live”. The fomer Fugee was born in Haiti and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 9, yet maintained his citizenship with Haiti.
“This is a move I have been considering for a long time, and now, with conditions in Haiti worse than they’ve ever been, I want to take my commitment to helping my country to the highest level it can go,” said Jean. “I can’t imagine a better way to ensure the development and growth of Haiti, and I worry that at this critical time if we do nothing, then nothing will be done.”
Here’s what he qualifies him:
“From my experience running Yele, I’ve learned what works–and what doesn’t, and from my time as a U.N. goodwill ambassador, I know how to make things happen for Haiti at home and around the world,” Jean said. “Now is the time to bring all of Haiti together–I also know something about our Haitian diaspora–I know they want to be involved in building a new, better Haiti, and I believe that, as president, I can ensure that everyone with Haiti’s best interests at heart can work together to make our dreams of a reborn Haiti come true.”