When Wyclef Jean announced he would be running for president of Haiti earlier this year, many were skeptical, but the rapper/producer was defiant in his quest to lead his hurricane ridden country into a new era. However, the former Fugees star was set a major setback when Haitian officials ruled that he was ineligible to run, for failing to meet residency requirements.
The 41-year-old claimed he’d appeal and fight his case. But after weeks of painstaking reflection, the star has decided to officially give up his presidential bid and instead focus on his new album. Jean made the following statement on Tuesday…
“After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti. This was not an easy conclusion to reach; but it is one that was thoughtfully made, taking into account many, many competing factors and weighing the course that will best advance the healing of the country and help it find the quickest path to recovery.”
This was not an easy conclusion to reach. Some battles are best fought off the field, and that is where we take this now. Our ultimate goal in continuing the appeal was to further the people’s opportunity to freely participate in a free and fair democratic process.”
Jean’s next album will be titled ‘If I Were President, the Haitian Experience’ and is set for release in February.