Wyclef Jean Not Allowed to Appeal Ineligibility Ruling

Days after Haiti’s provincial election council (CEP) denied Wyclef Jean’s bid to run for president—due to the fact that he didn’t live in the country for the last five years, as required—the New Jersey-bred artist pledged to appeal their judgment. It seems like his plea will fall on deaf ears, though, as a lawyer for the CEP told Reuters that the ruling was final.

An official in the CEP’s legal department made it clear that Wyclef’s has no chance of running for president this year. “There is absolutely no possibility for Wyclef Jean to be added to the list of candidates approved to run in the next presidential elections,” Samuel Pierre told Reuters. “So it’s over.”

Earlier today Clef took to his Twitter account to drop his new song, “Pou Kepa,” sang in creole, to protest the CEP. [Listen here]

In related news, Sean Penn, who has spoken out against Clef’s political ambitions before, recently wrote an anti-Wyclef story for The Huffington Post. In the article the actor and activist called out Jean for his role in the country after the tragic earthquake.

“I was there for those six months after the earthquake and so many of us on the ground wondered where (Jean) was when that kind of attention was so necessary and absent, and why he was NOT helping to keep this desperate situation in the news,” Penn wrote. “None among us felt or expressed anger toward it, but rather a universal sadness for his silence, as he is America’s most admired cultural link to Haiti. As the six-month anniversary approached, it triggered the return of the world media, and of Wyclef Jean to Haiti. He’d referred to himself as “His Excellency Wyclef Jean” and “The most famous man in Haiti” on a self-generated flier in the lead up to his troubling announcement.”

Clef responded to Penn’s claims via his spokeswoman, Marian Salzman. “Wyclef was disappointed Sean Penn focused on the minutiae, and name calling, versus the real frightening challenges of Haiti.”

“The whole world should turn its attention to ensuring there are fair elections and human rights for all in a Haiti that is open for business,” she continued. “He and Sean Penn may disagree about many things but they share a respect for Haiti and its people, and a desire for the country to become a better safer place for one and all.” —Elan Mancini

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  • wyclef a punk


    • Anonymous

      4 real.

  • Sha

    Listening to stupid publicists can get you fucked….

    Why argue Clef? Everyone knows you weren’t a true citizen of Haiti. Back up and restructure. Get rid of those people surrounding you, pack your suitcase, and set up a tent next to Sean Penn’s for 5 years. Then you have a valid point. Until then…. Shut up.

  • Lil Bit

    This is really disturbing. Why is Sean Penn attaching Clef anyway? I think Sean should focus on himself and less on what Wyclef is or isn’t doing. It really doesn’t concern him. At the end of the day, Sean has to deal with his own conscious and so does Clef. Ya dig!

  • houston aint a real city

    Why dont this homo nigga try to be president of a good place instead of some fuck shit that got destroyed by a pussy ass earthquake?

  • Sha

    @Lil Bit…..

    I can’t hate on Sean Penn. He literally set up a make-shift tent in Haiti and has been living there every since the earthquake. Meanwhile, Wyclef has been over there on a minimal basis and globe trotting trying to get elected. White, black, whatever… Some white people are down for the cause and seriously help. And some black people are opportunists and try to pimp the game for personal reasons (by the way, I’m a black dude).

    • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

      Full co-sign

    • Realness

      No bitch, a white man (and I say man but don’t really mean it) can never ever feel black pain and thus can not help us. We have to help ourselves and the first step is keeping white motherfuckers away from our people.

      • Name Not Necessary.

        ^ Sounds like someone whipped your great-granddaddy the wrong way.

        • Realness

          Racist mothafucka!

      • city kid

        honestly @realness coming from someone that is a minority like myself this has got to be the most ignorant comment i have seen in a long time. while minorities do have it hard for prosperity the ever changing demographics have allowed true social progressiion. and some minorities do take advantage of the system. the president is black i mean you cant even say the white man is holding us down anymore. read a book, educate yourself, and leave the ignorance where it belongs the trash

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