Wyclef Jean Disqualified to Run As President

          “Election time is coming.

          If I was president,

          I’d get elected on Friday, assasinated on Saturday,

          and buried on Sunday.”

                                                      (Wyclef Jean)

The Star Ledger reported Saturday that Haitian born Wyclef Jean, who lives in Saddle River, was eliminated as a candidate for President of Haiti because he did not meet the five year residency requirement. An idol to Haitians and a shoo-in for President, he said he will not contest the decision.

A musical genius, his stint with the South Orange/Newark area Fugees and his Carnival album continue to reverberate in my mind. He remains prolific with lyrics in both English and Creole. He also tours, serves as a hip-hop producer, and creates music for films.

Although it seems unlikely he would be assasinated today, his talents as a candidate, manager and President are unproven. Instead he can now continue on his musical path and remain active as an advocate for Haitians in Haiti and in New Jersey. Matters in Haiti remain dire, and those coming to NJ experience difficulty in receiving services.  For more information go to NJ4Haiti, a collection of government agencies and non-profit organizations.

In the same above song Wyclef talks about the effects of war:

         “I know some soldiers that sleep but they can’t dream,

          Wake up with screams, sounds of them succeed.

          Sounds of M-16s

          So take this metal of honor

          For your bravery

          I wish you the best kid–you and your family.”

Comment (1)

  1. Bill Orr (Post author)

    A letter from Wyclef on his web site, regarding the committee’s decision to disqualify him as a candidate, states, “I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same.”  Nonetheless, a Sunday Tweet from Wyclef on his website says, “Tomorrow our lawyers are appealing the decision of the CEP. We have met all the requirements set by the laws. And the law must be Respected.” The NY Times reports further on the matter.  


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