I already announced that Wyclef was rejecting his rejection; but now I think he has a change of heart.
Wyclef Jean will not be able to appeal Haiti’s ruling that he is ineligible to run in the country’s November 28th presidential election. Council lawyer Samuel Pierre says under article 191 of Haiti’s electoral law, rulings made by the election authority’s disputes tribunal are definitive and can’t be appealed. He explains, quote, “there is absolutely no possibility for Wyclef Jean to be added to the list of candidates approved to run in the next presidential elections. So it’s over.” Officials in Haiti have ruled that the former Fugees rapper doesn’t meet the country’s requirement that all presidential candidates maintain five consecutive years of residency in Haiti before running for office. Wyclef says he does in fact satisfy the country’s requirements telling MSNBC, quote, “I have spent half my life in Haiti going back and forth.” He adds, quote, “The electoral council is very corrupted.”
Wyclef has always been a vocal advocate of his homeland, but he took his support to a new level after a massive earthquake devastated Haiti last January. While many Haitians — in particular the country’s youth — supported the emcee, not everyone felt Wyclef was the right man for the job. Actor Sean Penn and Wyclef’s former Fugees bandmember Pras both spoke out against Wyclef’s campaign.