CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 30, 2010: Will Wyclef Jean run for President of Haiti or will it be his uncle, the country`s ambassador to Washington?
Despite the rumors and moves by the Grammy-award winning singer Thursday in Haiti that could indicate a run for the top post, Jean`s uncle, Ambassador Raymond Joseph, is the only member of the family so far fully announcing his intent to run for the post of President of Haiti.
Joseph told the Christian Science Monitor Thursday that he will formally announce his candidacy next week. But he insists that while he is unsure if Jean will be running as well, he feels they will not be `running against` each other but `running parallel.`
`I think Haiti needs all her sons and daughters,` the paper quote Joseph as saying.
His comments come even as Jean travelled to Haiti Thursday to to work with lawyers and have his fingerprints taken by the judicial police as part of the legal process of preparing to run for president.
He insisted he is qualified to run for Haiti`s highest office but added: `I have not declared that.`
Jean immigrated to the United States at the age of 9, but has maintained his Haitian citizenship, a prerequisite for running. He showed his Haitian passport to Reuters reporters as he was going through Haitian immigration on Thursday.
Jean, 37, told Reuters: `If we decide to move forward, I am pretty sure that we have all our paperwork straight.` Jean said he will take his decision with his wife Claudinette and their daughter Angelina.
`As a family, we must decide on what we`re going to do because it is a big sacrifice,` he was quoted as saying.
Haitians, still recovering from the devastating earthquake of Janaury 12th, are set to vote in the November 28th election to elect a new leader to replace President Rene Preval, whose term ends in February. The deadline for candidates to register is August 7.
Jean, if he decides to run, will be the most popular candidate for the post. He was appointed Haiti`s ambassador-at-large in 2007 and holds a diplomatic passport,.