Wyclef Jean not eligible for Haitian presidency

Singer among 15 candidates rejected by electoral commission

Haiti’s electoral commission ruled late Friday that Haitian-born hip hop artist Wyclef Jean would not be eligible to run for president. The 40-year-old former Fugees frontman, who had made an eager bid for presidency, responded in a statement: “Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same.” While the commission gave no explanation for their ruling, Jean faced criticism over having no political experience and a vague platform. His charity, Yele Haiti, has also been criticised for mishandling its money.

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