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Wyclef Jean To Appeal After Being Left Off Presidential Candidates List

After being left off Haiti's list of presidential candidates by the country's board of elections, Wyclef Jean says he plans to appeal.

The board said Jean didn't satisfy the legal requirements to run in the November 28 election, specifically the requirement of Haitian residency since the singer left with his family for New York when he was nine years old and now resides primarily in New Jersey.

Jean is one of 34 hopefuls who filed documents with the Haitian electoral council earlier this month.

The Grammy winner appeared to have come to terms with the decision after it was made, and commented: "Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee's final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same."

But by Sunday night, Jean said he was planning to appeal the board's decision on the issue of his residency, adding that he has a document "which shows everything is correct" and that he and his aides "feel that what is going on here has everything to do with Haitian politics."

"They are trying to keep us out of the race. Tomorrow our lawyers are appealing the decision of the CEP," he said. "We have met all the requirements set by the laws. And the law must be respected."

While Jean is Haitian-born, the law states that a presidential candidate must live in the country for five consecutive years leading up to the election so we're not sure what the 40-year-old former Fugees singer has in mind.

August 23, 2010 |

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