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Wyclef Jean to Run for President of Haiti

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It turns out Wyclef Jean really is serious about running for president of Haiti. CNN reported Tuesday that on Thursday Wyclef will announce live on Larry King's show his candidacy for the island nation's highest office.

Wyclef was one of the many artists who participated in a remake of We Are the World earlier this year to raise money for Haitian earthquake victims. (Getty Images)
The news was confirmed to the AFP by a spokesperson for Wyclef who said "that will be his first announcement," without giving anymore details.

Consider this Wyclef putting his money where his mouth is. The 37-year-old Grammy-winning singer told Time on Tuesday: "If I can't take five years out to serve my country as president, then everything I've been singing about, like equal rights, doesn't mean anything."

That doesn't mean Wyclef's candidacy, which was spurred by the January earthquake that took 250,000 lives, is without controversy. While his Yele foundation was one of the leading fundraisers following the quake, allegations of financial mismanagement brought his reputation as a Haitian goodwill ambassador into question.

Particularly controversial was the revelation that Wyclef's Yele foundation had at one point paid Wyclef himself $100,000 for a benefit performance.

Haiti's current president, Rene Preval, will be forced to leave office in February in line with the country's constitutional two-term limit. If nothing else, Wyclef's presence in the election will likely bring visibility to the process in a year when speculation has been rife that Preval will attempt to retain his office.

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