Haitian-Born Singer Refuses To Give Up Presidential Hopes

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CaribWorldNews, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti, Mon. Aug. 23, 2010: Grammy Award-winning Haitian-born Hip-hop singer, Wyclef Jean, may have initially agreed to accept the decision of his country`s election council but now he insists he will appeal legally.

Speaking to The Associated Press from his home in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti, Jean yesterday insisted that his lawyers will go to a Haitian court today to appeal with the national electoral dispute office.

He claims 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.`

Jean`s candidacy was rejected by the country`s elections board Friday night, presumably because he did not meet residency requirements.

At the time the singer had issued a statement saying he respectfully disagreed with the council`s decision but accepted it and urged his supporters to do likewise.

`We must all honor the memories of those we`ve lost — whether in the earthquake, or at any time — by responding peacefully and responsibly to this disappointment,` Jean said late Friday night. `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.`

Jean, who left his impoverished homeland with his family to live in New York at the age of 9 and launched his music career in the United States, had presented arguments his lawyers said showed a `constant presence.`

Jean had been appointed by Preval as Haiti`s ambassador at large and said on Friday night that he would continue to advocate for his countrymen`s interests around the world.

Jean, 40, was among 34 presidential candidates vying for a spot in the election to choose a successor to President Rene Preval, who cannot run again after two terms. The council only approved 19 candidates and rejected 15 others, including Jean`s uncle, former Ambassador Ray Joseph.

Singer Sweet Mikey, whose real name is Michel Martelly, is among the 19 approved candidates, along with Axan Delson Abellard of the Konbit Nasyonal pour Devlopman (KNDA) party; Jacques Édouard  Alexis of the Mobilisation pour le Progrès d`Haïti (MPH)  party; Jean Hector  Anacacis of the Mouvement Démocratique de la Jeunesse Haïtienne (MODEJHA); Charles Henry Jean-Marie  Baker of Respè; Josette Bijou an Indépendant; Gérard Marie Necker Blot of the Platfòm 16 Désanm; Jean Henry  Céant of Renmen Ayiti; Jude Célestin of INITE; Eric  Charles of the PRNH; Yves  Christallin of the Oganizasyon Lavni Wilson Jeudy of Fòs 2010; Jean Chavannes  Jeune of the Alliance chrétienne citoyenne pour la reconstruction d`Haïti (ACCRHA); Léon J. Jeune of Konbit Liberation Ekonomik (KLE); Génard  Joseph of Groupement Solidarité; Garaudy Laguerre of WOZO; Mirlande Hyppolite  Manigat of Rassemblement des Démocrates Nationaux Progressistes (RDNP); Yvon  Neptune of Ayisyen pou Ayiti and Leslie  Voltaire of Plateforme Ansanm Nou Fò.


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