On Thursday night, three-time Grammy winner Wyclef Jean announced his intent to run for president of his native Haiti on Larry King Live. Earlier in the day, he filed papers at the electoral council to run as a candidate for the Viv Ansanm (Live Together) political party. Check out his first campaign video below, highlighting the Fas a Fas (Face to Face) emerging Haitian youth movement.
He must be cleared to run by the nation’s electoral council which will determine whether he meets certain requirements such as proving he never renounced his Haitian citizenship by holding another passport and that he has been a Haitian resident for the past five years.
The campaign will argue that while he hasn’t done so, his role as ambassador should exempt him from the requirement since he’s been working to help build the nation’s image since Jan. 2007. “Even if I lose, I win. It gives us an opportunity to be a voice to speak to government about what happens,” Jean said at a rally in the capital of Port-au-Prince. Authorities have until Aug. 17 to approve or reject his candidacy for the Nov. 28 ballot.