Wyclef Jean recently announced his presidential bid for his native country, Haiti. The former Fugees singer/rapper may have been raised in the US, but has always stayed true to his Haitian roots. The Caribbean island was hit with a devastating earthquake in January of this year, a catastrophe which killed more than 230,000 people and left the capital, Port-au-Prince in ruins…
There’s no doubting Wyclef has Haiti’s best interest in his heart, but many are questioning the rappers credentials, claiming he’s not experienced enough to run the country. One high profile person who has openly questioned Wyclef’s decision to run for president is Hollywood actor Sean Penn – who’s been living in Haiti for the last few months, helping to rebuild the damage caused by the earthquake.
“What the Haitian people need now is a leader who is genuinely willing to sacrifice,” Penn tells CNN. “I haven’t seen or heard anything of him in these last six months that I’ve been in Haiti. I think he’s an important voice. I hope he doesn’t sacrifice that voice by taking the eye off the very devastating realities on the ground.”
Now Wyclef’s former Fugees bandmate Pras has spoken out against his presidential bid. During an interview with 1515, the ‘Ghetto Superstar’ rapper explained that he’s not convinced Clef is the man for the job:
“Listen, I love Wyclef to death..we came up together, we grew up together, we basically called each other cousins. But the reality is this, we need a real leader. Not just a regular leader, but a transformative leader. Someone that’s gonna be able to galvanize the Haitians down on the field, the Haitian-Americans, the international community, it’s a collective support — to take this country to the 21st century. And I’m just not convinced Wyclef is the one for that.”
The Haitian people will go the polls on November 28.