Hip hop star Wyclef Jean.
Haiti, Latin America: Week in Review

Haiti’s Presidential List Delayed; Wyclef Won’t Make the Cut, One Official Says

August 20, 2010 By Staff

Hip hop star Wyclef Jean.

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Top Story — Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) delayed a decision of who among the 34 presidential hopefuls will be eligible to run in the Nov. 28 elections.

The CEP said it delayed the decision due to the high number of appeals under review, which were still being heard at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

However, some say the move was political, arguing that the government wanted to avoid an overlap between the release of the candidate list and the visit of former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills.

One person who will not be on the ballot is hip-hop star Wyclef John, according to one election official.

While the musician’s bid for candidacy was met with major support from Haiti’s poor, he ran into problems when it came to the requirement of his residency. Jean’s primary residency is New Jersey and he holds dual citizenship with the United States.

Article 135 of Haiti’s Constitution requires presidential candidates to reside in the country for five years prior to the election and forbids them from ever taking foreign citizenship

“He is not on the list as I speak,” said the member of the CEP, according to The Los Angeles Times.

Jean, however, said he still believes that he will be on the list after meeting with current Haitian President René Préval Thursday. He came out of hiding after receiving death threats to meet with Préval.

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