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Wyclef Jean Runs for Haitian Presidency

Wyclef Jean's bid for presidency in Haiti in 2010.

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  • Aug 6, 2010
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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.
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August 06, 2010
I'm not sure where I stand on this one. I like Wyclef Jean (or at least his musical talents), but I have concerns about this. Frankly, I'm hesitant to support any celebrity's attempts to engage in politics, partly because they are used to living in luxury and without the consequences that average citizens face, but also because typically celebrities are very egocentric due to their media exposure. Whether Wyclef's bid for presidency is motivated by altruism or not, I don't know whether he really is aware of what a terribly complex position he's placing himself in.
August 06, 2010
i agree with all your points. But not knowing any details about who is running the country now or who might be running it in the future, and considering the history of issues the country has had... i think it would be worth taking the risk on him to see what he could do. After watching Naomi Campbell testify in the Charles Taylor trial that she had never heard of Liberia or a "blood diamond" i think it's great to see a celebrity like Wyclef who cares about the world and his homeland. He's at least trying to help and let's be honest... that's not a glamorous job and it's going to be a very difficult one. he could just sit back and make gold records, but he want to contribute. I wish him the best.
August 07, 2010
Well, I hope he can handle it, because the entire country needs a governmental overhaul. I don't envy him the weight of that responsibility.
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He can't do any worse than his predecessors.
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 …
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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[citation needed] 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.
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