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Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Fights Back & Is Not Giving Up

Posted By on August 23, 2010

     Former Fugee frontman, Wyclef Jean, is fighting back after Haitian election officials ruled he could not run for President of Haiti this fall. In a prepared statement, Wyclef said hew ill now seek legal help to reverse the ruling aginst him.

"After careful consideration and much soul-searching, I have made the decision to contest Haiti's board of elections' pronouncement stating that I am ineligible to run for the presidency of the country," Jean says. "I will be seeking a solution through legal channels, and I urge my countrymen to be patient through this process. In the 36 hours since the board's decision, I have been in constant conversation with my family, friends and advisers, and reading the comments of good people and supporters throughout the Haitian diaspora. I've also been closely monitoring the situation on the ground, which I am happy to report has remained peaceful and thoughtful…These factors, and more, inspire me now. I am heartened by the world's focus on Haiti and its needs, as well as the great spirit of the Haitian people–my people, and I cannot in good conscience give up my quest to lead Haiti to the greatness I know in my heart we are capable of reaching. I cannot surrender now, simply because an obstacle has been set before me; now is the time I must stand up and show Haiti–and the world–that my vision of a nation renewed and redeveloped is a vision for which I am willing to fight."

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