Contact Us

Is Wyclef Running for President of Haiti?

Ben Rose, Getty Images

Wyclef Jean has made Haiti his top priority since the country experienced a devastating earthquake earlier this year on January 12. The hip-hop star and philanthropist has raised a significant amount of money through his Yele Haiti Foundation, which was founded in 2005 but sprung into action after the national disaster captured the world’s attention. Now, we’re getting word from the Ottawa-Gatineau newspaper that Clef is actually mulling a run for Haiti’s presidency in an election on November 28.

“Haiti still needs our help – more than ever,” Clef recently told the U.K. Daily Mirror. “People around the world made lots of promises, and we want those promises to be kept. My wife Claudinette and I are passionate about rebuilding Haiti. We’ve seen the situation with our own eyes, and we’ve been listening to others.”

Wyclef is serious about the cleanup of the country, but also stresses the need for vast educational and economic reforms if Haiti is going to move into the 21st century as a developed nation rather than a ravaged one. Apparently, he is waiting to finalize his paperwork for the candidacy, but hasn’t confirmed or denied these reports as of yet.

Is Wyclef filling a major political role a good idea? Well, that remains to be seen. The hip-hop producer, rapper and singer has little to no political experience, but definitely has stepped forward as the public face of Haiti since January. He has the industry and political connections to get things done and the media spotlight to keep an international focus on Haiti’s problems.

“I can’t sing forever,” he told CNN when asked about the potential run.

Best of the Web

More From Around the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://theboombox.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on The Boombox quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on The Boombox quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!