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Wyclef Jean Drops Out of Haitian Presidential Race

Wyclef Jean Drops Out of Haitian Presidential Race

Wyclef Jean has withdrawn his candidacy for the Haitian presidency.

“After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti,” Wyclef, 40, said in a statement (via CBS News). “This was not an easy conclusion to reach; but it is one that was thoughtfully made, taking into account many, many competing factors and weighing the course that will best advance the healing of the country and help it find the quickest path to recovery.”

“Though my run for the presidency was cut short, in this way, I feel it was not in vain,” Wyclef continued. “It’s something we can use to improve conditions for my Haitian brothers and sisters.”

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  • http://jorevcosmetics.com Ms Bar Jolie Gaga

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thank GOD!!! He knew he wasn’t a resident of the country, owes the US millions in taxes, paid his wife and mistress over $400,000 out of his Haiti foundation money. He had the gall to think without speaking French, barely speaking Creole and actually barely speaking cohesive English that he could run a country. Seriously? If he wants to help the country, send a check. The gall that he thought he could be President. So glad he came to his senses. The reality is, the decision was made for him by the Constitution. He was not a resident and lied and said he was. Go away. You can’t even bring the Fugees back together loser and you want to run a country?

  • http://truebloodhigh.com/ Franck

    he is a douchebag

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l…

    …he’s a fcuking loser.

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o l…

    …`he truly showed the world what a real piece of shiit he is.

  • http://jorevcosmetics.com Ms Bar Jolie Gaga

    Well he conveniently has an album coming out in February called…wait for it….”If I were President”. If this was to sell albums, then he really is an egotistical maniac. He has not sold a decent album since “Gone tol November”. Good riddens! (However you spell that). lol. Douchebag indeed.

  • kove

    barjolie gaga, how did u know he owes taxes in the usa and that he used the money from his foundation to pay or support his wife and mistresses?.. I did heard some anomalies or bad rumours about his foundations though. I also heard it was not legit or registered or un-organized and they have no idea what happened to the money – i don’t know but something to that effect.If it’s true that’s so shame for being so-called to jolie-pitts and his suppose charity.The jolie-piits is very dedicated , sincere and donated much money from their pockets. But i don’t know until proven that he used his charity for own gain and those poor people innocent people of haiti. So far nobody really look deeply in his so-called charity foundation but some media really scrutinize and monitor jolie-pitt foundation, when in fact they (jp’s) put some of their own cash and from photos of their children.Some celebrities i believe kept the money like JLO, nicole richie and alba.I think nicole and jessica didn’t got much but jennifer had gotten a lot. Perhaps jlo needed it w/ her kind of divaish lifestyle.

  • Marieme

    God, delusional much? Wyclef meet Courtney Love, Courtney, Wyclef.

  • Frida

    I thought he couldn’t run for president because they wouldn’t LET him ? Lol!

  • Karen

    I’m suspicious of Wyclef…

  • lol

    GOOD! That country needs real leadership not some rapper/producer

  • http://jorevcosmetics.com Ms Bar Jolie Gaga

    Kove: Are you serious? Do your research and don’t ask me to do so. It is a FACT that he failed to pay taxes for many years. He evaded over 2 million in taxes. He only just paid them this year before he ran for President. For years, he evaded taxes. If working class Americans can pay taxes with the little money they make then surely a rapper who made millions should have paid his taxes. He conveniently paid them when he needed to run. His foundation: He admitted that there were errors made after it was publicized that he took $400,000 out of his foundation to pay a Mistress and things liek massages. Theh New York Times reported that days after Angelina Jolie donated money to his foundation, Wyclef Jean curiously transferred a large sum to purchase things that were not related to the Haiti foundation. He misused the funds Angelina Jolie donated to him. Obviously Brad and Angelina are being kind and respectful and have not outed him on this but I am sure they know. Please research the info including this wonderful New York Times article. He is a crook: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/world/americas/17haiti.html?pagewanted=all

  • Kora

    @kove:

    Kove, do u not read the news? u simply just go on assuming he’s all good without listening to the facts? he’s in trouble with the IRS for mishandling funds that were donated to his charity, and the IRS showed where the money donated went to a person that was identified as his mistress and another as his cousin and another business of his. Only 16% of funds made it to his “charity”. Let’s call a thief a THIEF!

    And Wyclef, you didn’t “decide” to drop out, you were DISQUALIFIED! I knew an album would be right around the corner. This man hasn’t been relevant since the 90s, he was just looking for some PR. Tho he made a song w shakira, nobody cared much that he participated in that: Shakira kept performing it without him, went to dancing w the stars n performed it without him.

  • ROC

    Whao!! There’s a shocker.

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