August 24th, 2010
05:59 PM ET

Haitian officials: Wyclef Jean will not be on presidential ballot

CNN Wire Staff

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Haitian election officials have rejected hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean's bid to run for president of the Caribbean nation.

Jean's name was not on the list of 19 approved candidates released by Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council on Friday night.

"I respectfully accept the committee's final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same," Jean said in a statement.

In an interview with CNN shortly after the approved candidates' list was announced, Jean said he was surprised by the news.

"This has come to our party and to our group as a total shock," he said.

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  1. adrian

    Hi John, Wyclef Jean is not the right man to run Haiti at this point in time. He may mean well but somtimes you can do more harm than good.

    August 24, 2010 at 10:32 pm |
  2. Eugenia

    he does not deserve to be

    August 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm |