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Wyclef Surrenders in Battle for Haitian Presidential Bid

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Three weeks ago, Wyclef Jean was still determined to protest his denied bid for the Haitian Presidency, when he released the song ‘Prison for the CEP,’ attacking the Haitian Electoral Committee. But on Tuesday, September 21, the former Fugees singer issued a statement explaining that he is officially giving up the battle for a spot in the race.

“After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti,” Jean said in the statement. “This is not an easy conclusion to reach; but it is one that was thoughtfully made, taking into account many, many competing factors and weighing the course that will best advance the healing of the country and help it find the quickest path to recovery.”

Clef told the media that he will redirect his energies to prepping his February 2011 album ‘If I Were President, the Haitian Experience.’ “Though my run for the presidency was cut short, in this way, I feel it was not in vain; it’s something we can use to improve conditions for my Haitian brothers and sisters,” he said.

Jean was one of 15 presidential candidates rejected from a of pool of 34 applicants. Haiti’s Electoral Committee gave no reason for Wyclef’s exclusion.

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