Top Story — Musician Wyclef Jean said that he is thinking of running for the presidency of earthquake ravaged Haiti, but has yet has yet to decide whether to declare himself as a candidate.
Wyclef Jean, who rose to fame in the 1990s as a member of the hip-hop group the Fugees and with a string of successful solo albums, was appointed ambassador-at-large for Haiti in 2007 by President René Préval. Since the appointment rumors have swirled about the Haitian-born entertainer’s intentions for the 2010 presidential elections.
“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 … If and when a decision is made, media will be alerted immediately,” Wyclef’s family said in a statement, according to the Associated Press.
According to CNN, Wyclef has already filled out the necessary paperwork to become a candidate in Haiti’s elections. The musician has been an outspoken advocate for Haitian aid and was one of the first celebrities to travel to Haiti after the January 12 earthquake that ravaged much of the island nation.
Wylcef, 37, was born in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, but moved to the New York City borough of Brooklyn as a young child. He said he voted for current-President Préval in the 2006 elections.
Rene Préval is unable to run for president of Haiti due to term limits.
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- Prisoners and family members protested in Gomez Palacio, Mexico for the return of the prison director who allegedly allowed inmates out to commit killings.
- Neither Fidel nor Raúl Castro spoke at Cuba´s July 26 celebration Monday. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who had been scheduled to attend, canceled over the weekend, citing problems with neighboring Colombia.
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- Dengue fever-related deaths rose to 24 in the Dominican Republic, the government announced Monday.
- A couple suspected of committing multiple murders in Panama was apprehended on the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua on Monday.
- The Committee to Protect Journalists criticized the Honduran government’s failure to investigate the murders of seven journalists in a three-month period this year.
- Guatemalan police seized $240,000 Saturday from two men suspected of money laundering.
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- Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez sent additional troops to the country’s border with Colombia in anticipation of an attack.
- A U.S. State Department spokesperson said that the U.S. does not intend to use military force against Venezuela as its standoff against Colombia continues.
- The EU Commission’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs announced that it would closely follow Bolivia’s investigation into the killing of three EU citizens by antiterrorist police.
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