So Wyclef Jean is running for despot er President of Haiti. Well all I can say is good luck. Haiti is an example of being a victim to western imperialism. Ever since it gained it's independence from the Napoleonic Empire during the early 1800's, Haiti has been a country in turmoil due to it's constant parade of tin pot dictators, leaders of foreign descent and exploitation of it's poor working class. The problem with the country is it's lack of education, infrastructure and it's heavily dependence on foreign aid. Until the country can fix these problems Haiti will always be a third world country, a haven for misfits and a place where we put puppet governments until they get too big for their britches and have to be removed with another tin medal despot who's opposition to socialist and communist parties allow it to receive generous financial aid from our government (see Papa Doc).
Maybe a pop star like Wyclef Jean is not such a bad idea to become the new president of Haiti. If he isn't careful, he might end up seeking asylum abroad if his administration fails and becomes just another exiled ex-president. Who's next? Shakira as the conservative presidential candidate in Columbia or former boxer Roberto Duran as el presidente of Panama?
i'm giving him the benefit of the doubt on the potential fraud issues with Yele.org. I think that was a good wake up call for him to make sure he has better people around him, and now that he's running for office, he'll need it. I think his heart is in the right place, so i hope he can succeed.
On August 5, 2010, Wyclef confirmed the rumours that he was running for office by telling CNN's Wolf Blitzer that he was running, despite Blitzer's hardhitting questions about Jean's actual citizenship and passport facts. In an article written by Exclaim! Magazine it was mentioned that Jean will be stepping down as the chairman of Yéle Haiti. On August 5, Jean formally filed papers as a candidate for the 2010 Haitian presidential election, following media speculation that he would make his announcement that evening on Larry King Live. Wyclef will run as a candidate for the Viv Ansanm (Live Together) political party. On the topic of his candidacy, Jean has stated, "I am being drafted to serve my country," and has said his decision to run was inspired by his experiences after the earthquake in January where 230,000 people died. Jean was involved in rescue missions after the disaster.