Black People Politics : Haiti council: Wyclef Jean can't run for president

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y TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press Writers Tamara Lush, Associated Press Writers – 47 mins ago


PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haiti's electoral commission said Friday that hip hop artist Wyclef Jean cannot run for president of this Caribbean nation, ending his outsider's bid to lead a country struggling to recover from the Jan. 12 earthquake.

Jean, who faced a challenge to his candidacy in the Nov. 28 elections because he has not lived in Haiti for the past five years as required, issued a statement urging his supporters to remain calm and respond "peacefully and responsibly to the disappointment."

"Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee's final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same," he said.

The electoral commission approved 19 candidates and rejected 15, spokesman Richardson Dumel told journalists late Friday, without providing justification for the decisions.

While rejecting Jean, the board approved two leading presidential candidates, former Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis and Yvon Neptune, who was the last prime minister under ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and has been active in helping to coordinate reconstruction efforts.

Also allowed to run are: Jude Celestin, head of the government's primary construction firm and the candidate supported by President Rene Preval, and Michel Martelly, a well-known Haitian singer known as "Sweet Mickey."

The electoral commission rejected the candidacy of US Ambassador Raymond Joseph, who is Jean's uncle. Preval is barred running for re-election in the Nov. 28 election under the Constitution.

Jean had apparently been aware which way the decision would go. The 40-year-old entertainer had been in a hotel near the electoral commission office but left abruptly without speaking to journalists about an hour before the announcement. He issued his statement later.

Dozens of police and UN peacekeepers in riot gear were stationed outside the electoral council office, but there were no signs of protests or unrest.

One thing is already certain: The singer brought sizzle to the election, attracting fresh attention to a country still devastated by the Jan. 12 earthquake.

"His candidacy certainly did shake things up," said Laurent Dubois, a Haiti historian and professor at Duke University. "But it's still a very important election whether Wyclef is in it or not."

The decision had already been delayed once because of uncertainty over candidate qualifications.

Jean, who gained famed as a member of the hip-hop musical group Fugees before building a solo career, had no political organization, not much of a following beyond his fans of his music and only a vague platform, casting himself as an advocate of Haiti's struggling youth and saying he will ask reconstruction donors to help the country's dysfunctional education system.

He also has faced persistent criticism over alleged financial mismanagement at the charity he founded, Yele Haiti.



http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/cb_haiti_elections_jean
 

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MORE WYCLEF HORSE **** FROM A SORE LOSER. HE HOPES TO DESTABILIZE ELECTORAL PROCESS FOR PREVAL’S BENEFIT!!!

Wyclef Jean, hip-hop singer, says Haiti election council used ‘trickery’ regarding bid for president-

BY Aliyah Shahid
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER-

Tuesday, August 24th 2010, 7:19 AM

Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean, center, shows his Haitian ID card as he submits the paperwork to run for president. He was barred from running due to a residency requirement.

Wyclef Jean is lashing out at the country he wants to lead.

On Monday, the hip-hop singer accused Haiti‘s provisional election council (CEP) of using “trickery” and violating the constitution when they barred him from running for president.

“Even before our work began friends in Haiti and abroad had warned me that much trickery would be used to block me. The result: CEP has proved it true,” Jean said in a audio message in Creole, which was distributed to the media in Haiti.

The AFP reported that the singer asked his supporters to “mobilize” against the council’s decision on Friday because the singer had not lived in Haiti for five consecutive years.

“They violated the constitution to benefit their families and their friends who continue to live off the people’s money,” the singer said. “Are you going to continue to support people who do not respect the fundamental law of the country?”

At first, Jean, 37, said he would abide by the council’s decision. But he later changed his mind, and announced on Twitter that he’d appeal.

But some are skeptical of his chances.

Pierre Thibaut, director of communication of the election council, said that there was no higher power than the council on election issues. He said the

http://www.haitian-truth.org/more-w...ilize-electoral-process-for-preval’s-benefit/

can't take NO for an answer, wonder where he got that habit from:?:
 

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Interesting information.

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Amer...ignals-Haiti-diaspora-not-welcome-in-politics

Wyclef Jean and all the other presidential hopefuls from the diaspora were disqualified from running in the Haiti election. Many see it as a politically motivated decision.

While allegations that the election commission may be politically biased are not unique to the current election cycle, there are hopes that the star power of Mr. Jean can bring attention to the issue and push the international community to demand change.

“Sometimes people here feel like we are aliens in their territory, but we are the ones with the money and the education,” says Bryenne Jonassaint, a diaspora member who recently visited Port-au-Prince. She was born in Haiti, raised in New York, and now lives with her family in Miami, where she works as a school teacher.

Many in Haiti are suspicious of returnees like Jonaissant, who are perceived as removed from their reality. They often see returnees with political aspirations as carpetbaggers. They suspect that some returnees are motivated by greed at a time when millions of dollars are being moved into the country, rather than by a genuine, long-term commitment to its people.

“Diaspora people only run for president, you don’t see them running for other positions,” Mr. Pedre says. “I would love to have a well-educated, diaspora mayor of Port-au-Prince, but they only come here when they think they can become president.”
 

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