Hip hop star Wyclef Jean has bowed to the decision of Haiti’s electoral authority to bar him from candidacy to be his country’s president, and has asked his supporters to accept it. Haiti’s constitution says candidates must live there for five consecutive years before the election. Jean had hoped to run on 28 november.
An electoral official reaffirmed his council’s determination to organise a “free, credible, democratic, transparent and inclusive” vote.
The 40-year-old hip hop musician Wyclef Jean is a former frontman for the Fugees. He went to the US with his parents when he was nine and has only lived on and off in Haiti in recent years.
Nineteen other candidates to lead the earthquake-ravaged Caribbean island have been accepted, 15 rejected.