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Wyclef Jean to appeal Haiti poll exclusion

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Wyclef Jean to appeal Haiti poll exclusion


The singer-songwriter Wyclef Jean says he will appeal against a decision to reject his candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections in Haiti.

Lawyers for the Grammy-award winning star said they were prepared to fight to the end to get Jean accepted.

They plan to appeal to the Haitian election board, the courts and even international election monitors to get him included in November’s ballot.

Jean was born in Haiti but left for the US when he was nine. Officials say that means he does not meet the residency criteria.

Jean says his celebrity status would attract aid and investment to Haiti in the wake of January’s catastrophic earthquake.

But lawyers for the electoral council say their decision is final and cannot be appealed.

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