Image Credit: Icon/SMI/Retna LtdRumors that Wyclef Jean plans to stand for election as president of Haiti this fall are gaining steam. The most recent round of speculation seems to have begun with a story in French-language publication Le Droit this weekend proclaiming Jean’s entry into the race. The singer himself struck a more tentative note in an interview with CNN, saying only that he was weighing supporters’ efforts to “draft” him as a candidate in the land of his birth. “Do I have political intentions?” he added in a separate interview with the AP. “At this time no.” Yet his brother, Sam Jean, told E!’s Marc Malkin today that “there’s a very good chance” Wyclef will run.
So which is it? A statement issued to the press on behalf of “The Jean Family” today hedged: “Wyclef’s commitment to his homeland and its youth is boundless, and he will remain its greatest supporter regardless of whether he is part of the government moving forward. At this time, Wyclef Jean has not announced his intent to run for Haitian president. If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately.”
According to the AP, candidates for the Nov. 28 elections must declare themselves by Aug. 7. We’ll update you as soon as any more concrete announcement is made. ‘Til then, what do you think of this story?
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