By Clark Collis
Updated August 21, 2010 at 02:59 PM EDT

Image Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Wyclef Jean has issued a statement about the Haiti board of elections’ decision not to allow him to run for presidency of the country.

“It is with a heavy heart that I tell you today that the board of elections in Haiti has disqualified me from my run for the presidency of the country,” said the Fugees star in the statement. “Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same. We must all honor the memories of those we’ve lost—whether in the earthquake, or at anytime—by responding peacefully and responsibly to this disappointment. I was inspired to run for president because I know Haiti can become great with the right leadership, and I believe I could be that leader; but, ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be.”

Haiti’s electoral council announced yesterday that the Haitian-born pop star was disqualified from running. The board did not give a reason, but Wyclef clearly believes the problem was the requirement that candidates must have lived in Haiti for five consecutive years. In his statement, Wyclef said that “though the board has determined that I am not a resident of Haiti, home is where the heart is—and my heart has and will always be in Haiti.”

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