By Adam Markovitz
August 19, 2010 at 01:52 PM EDT

Image Credit: Frederic Dupoux/Getty ImagesWyclef Jean says he has received death threats since announcing his plan to run for the presidency in Haiti on Aug. 9. “We know this situation we’ve embarked on, death threats come with the territory. But beyond that it’s not about all those negative information [sic],” Jean told the BBC.

The musician now has armed guards protecting him in his childhood town while he waits to see if the Haitian government will approve his candidacy tomorrow. One potential hitch: Jean reportedly hasn’t lived in Haiti for five consecutive years, as required by Haitian law for presidential hopefuls. He also doesn’t have the unanimous support of his peers. Jean’s Fugees bandmate, Pras, has publicly stated that he doesn’t support the campaign, while actor Sean Penn has criticized Jean for being a “non presence” in Haiti since January’s devastating earthquake.

What do you all think? Should Jean step down as a candidate in light of these obstacles? Or should he keep up his campaign?

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