Huffington Post – Keeping The Faith

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you today that the board of elections in Haiti has disqualified me from my run for the presidency of the country. Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same. We must all honor the memories of those we’ve lost–whether in the earthquake, or at anytime–by responding peacefully and responsibly to this disappointment.

I was inspired to run for president because I know Haiti can become great with the right leadership, and I believe I could be that leader; but, ultimately, we must respect the rule of law in order for our island to become the great nation we all aspire for it to be.

I want to assure my countrymen that I will continue to work for Haiti’s renewal; though the board has determined that I am not a resident of Haiti, home is where the heart is–and my heart has and will always be in Haiti. This ruling just tells me that I can’t officially seek the office of president. More importantly, there is no one who can tell me to stop my work in Haiti, and there is no one who could. I think of my daughter, Angelina, and it makes me want to redouble my efforts to help give all the children in Haiti better days.

I also want to honor the memory of my father, a minister; I know that he would tell me that even though I’ve faced a setback, I must continue in all my good-faith efforts to help Haiti turn a corner to a better and brighter future. Do not think that my role in the future of Haiti is over; it’s just a different role than I had anticipated it to be.

Rest assured, this isn’t the end of my efforts to help improve my beloved country but only marks a new beginning.

Signed,

Wyclef Jean

23 Comments

  1. In a democracy its the people who decide not an electoral council. Dont give up after one defeat. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela, Grandi, they didn’t give up, they pushed on and made a mark in history. Follow in their footsteps. Don’t follow the leads of John Kerry when he “gracefully” let Mr. Bush ruin the united States for another 4 years.

  2. Dear Jean

    My advise is for you to take corrective measures to run the next time for the Presidency.

    Be a GREAT example of what a GREAT leader should beover the next five years. Work with and within the system to continue to demonstrate your passion and compassion for your country, while accomplishing the neccessary requirements to run next time.

    Haiti is a complex situation that demands international as well as grassroots interaction to make Haiti rise like a Phoenix … and you have the capacity to make it happen.

    At this time, my advice to you would be to throw your support behind the candidate “most likely to win”, and ensure that you negotiate a prominent position that would serve to solidify your position in Haitian society.

    Understand that God has a reason to “allow” certain things to happen. Perhaps He knows that you are not fully prepared for this task right now … and he wants someone else to pave the way for you. (Perhaps, that person may make a greater ‘mess’, and you will become the CLEAN-UP guy!

    Take every measure to upkeep your character, integrity and intention. Work for your nation from other respects. The Haitian diaspora is crying for inspiration and hope against all hope. You have five fruitful years ahead of you … make maximum use of it!

    Good luck!!!

  3. I wish you my best. Haiti has suffered under corruption for many years. I believe you could be the agent for change that is needed. I also applaud you for your commitment to supporting the rule of law, which is the first duty of a national leader. Please don’t give up. I believe anything is possible and with the right leadership Haiti can go from poverty to prosperity. Once again–God bless

  4. ALTHOUGH I AM SURE YOU ARE DISAPPOINTED TO HEAR THAT YOU HAVE BEEN BARRED FROM THE ELECTION, I BELIEVE WHOLE HEARTEDLY THAT THE PRESIDENCY DOES NOT REFLECT NOR COMPLIMENT YOUR HIDDEN POTENTIAL. IN THIS MOMENT LIES AN UNPRECEDENTED OPPORTUNITY—AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOBILIZE THE MASSES–PARTICULARLY THE YOUTH TO DEMAND A PRESIDENT THAT PRIORITIZES THE FULL RECONSTRUCTION OF HAITI AS OPPOSED TO HIS OWN EGO.

    IN THE COMING MONTHS YOU SHOULD TAP INTO THE POLITICAL MOMENTUM YOU’VE IGNITED AND LAUNCH A YOUTH CENTERED CAMPAIGN—THAT WOULD HIGHLIGHT THE VOICES OF THE YOUTH WHILE PROVIDING THEM WITH A MEDIUM TO EXPRESS THE ISSUES THAT CONCERN THEM THE MOST. YOU MAY ALSO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RAISE THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF THE ELECTORATE SO THAT THEY BE NOT SWAYED BY ROMANTIC LANGUAGE AND FALSE PROMISES BUT BY A PROVEN COMMITMENT TO THE BETTERMENT AND TOTAL RECONSTRUCTION OF HAITI.

    DON’T LET THIS GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY PASS YOU BY WYCLEF—YOUR STORY ISN’T OVER—IT IS JUST BEGINNING

    NOU KAPAB!

  5. Keep trying!

  6. You are an incredibly eloquent writer, and your use of punctuation is flawless. (I’m an English major, so I appreciate these kinds of things.) You are truly an inspiration. You were told no, but you aren’t washing your hands of the situation. You aren’t turning your back. I think your cause is noble and attainable. You have no idea how many AMERICANS you will impact by trying to change Haiti.

  7. Dear Mr. Clef,

    i was gonna write a story of Unity but Mpierre has already wrote what i wanted to write. it seem that Mpierre was reading my mind. However, let me add that even though you are not chosen you can be powerful.

    Hopefully, there wont be any opposition government on your part as the one on under Aristide. As we have seen so many candidate were not chosen even Preval party. It must have tell you one thing. There might be a fear that the electoral do not want a president that can win by a big majority.

    so, My suggestion is that you and some other people ( you may not agree with) support one candidate. If you support a candidate, such candidate will have a good chance to win. you are out but you can express who you support. Hopefully everyone who is out can do the same and support one candidate.

    lavalas is still a strong party whether anyone like it or not. try to reach and see if you can agree on one candidate and support that candidate and it would be a coup of election why would it be. well, they wouldnt want you,lavalas party or preval party to run because of the strong hold. however, you support a candidate, it would be your voice that is heard. that wouldnt be a perfect candidate but at least YOU MAKE YOURSELF MATTER. DONT GET MAD, GET EVEN

  8. You’re right Jean. You did project sotfly where they pushed you to be failed, but you’ve rolled good to stand back pretty good on your knees. You did not fight with the force, you’re harmonizing yourself with it. (Next step) Now, TRY TO CONTROL IT never fight against it until it turns weak when you might show it where to go. I”M WATCHING YOU, GOOD LUCK BROTHER !

  9. You’re right Wyclef Jean. You did project sotfly where they pushed you to be failed, but you’ve rolled good to stand back pretty good on your knees. You did not fight against the force, you’re harmonizing yourself with it. (Next step) Now, TRY TO CONTROL IT never fight against it until it turns weak when you might show it where to go. I”M WATCHING YOU, GOOD LUCK BROTHER !

  10. @wyclef je suis très content que sa candidature ai été refusé! C n’est pas a un artiste de faire de la politique encore moins jouer avec toute une population! Wycleaf n’est ni plus ni moins qu on bisenessMan de mes deux qui ce prend pour dieu et croit que parce que il a vendu quelques millions de disques, qu’il peut devenir président d’un pays comme Haïti , qui a besoin dune aide très serieuse! La preuve? Le fait même qu un chanteur noir américain célèbre veut devenir président… A t’il les études nessessaires, parle t’il le créole et le français habite t’il Haïti ou y va t’il uniquement en vacances? Mr wycleaf Haïti est zone d’influence Française et on vous permettra pas d’intervenir comme sa en Haïti décidément votre culture mondiale est vraiment trop merdique comme certaines de ses musiques !!! Retournez a l’école pauvre con ou mieux recréez les Fugees!

  11. [...] Although he was born in Haiti, Jean has not lived in Haiti since he was nine. Jean’s statement is here.  Given his questionable financial and non-profit management skills, it’s not clear Haiti’s [...]

  12. Hi Bro,
    I was saddened by the news! Tell you what? You let it happened! You had all the power to stop it – the problem was and still is: YOU DON’T KNOW HAITIAN POLITICS and your advicers did not get it neither. I know where you grow up and that’s why you let it go that easy! Keep this in mind: THERE IS NO RULE OF LAW IN OUR COUNTRY! Let me put it another way, Law exist for the unfavored but, not the elite who hold the power. Unfortunately, They tricked you, they treated you like an innocent kid, and they laughed at you. Bro, it is too late. No, it is not too late! but it will be difficult if not impossible. who your advicers are? I forgive you once more but, I put the blame on your advicers. it sounds like stupidity now that shows your unreadiness to govern the country despite of your unquestionable willingness for a better Haiti.
    If you get a chance to read my comments, I’ll urge to get in touch with me – through CNN or email or on the phone.

    A lot more to say but i’d rather go.

  13. Wyclef, one thing I forget, Contact Larry King on Cnn so you can get me.

  14. wyclef is the man! it’s so cool everything he’s been doing for Haiti and all of his charity’s. You need to get on the NBC Minute to Win It game show and win some money for the people of Haiti! Fun and up lifting! it’s a win/win!

  15. Again Clef …I send this haiku …to be used as a gift for the Haitian cause…it echos truth…it cries out for musical expertise.

    Desolation, Death.
    Darkness rules Haiti’s nation.
    Revolution’s Breath.

    Rick Roehm
    lazerick@cinci.rr.com

  16. [...] the tension and initial acceptance of the decision on his blog, “Wyclef” – as he’s popularly known – is pushing his candidacy forward in defiance of the [...]

  17. Hi Wycleff
    I sincerely applaud you in seeking change through presidency in your native country. It takes courage to stand up for change in any undeveloped country around the world .High level corruption and other social injustices are the systemic themes of such governments. It is even of greater courage for you accept and acknowledge the rule of the law for the country that you seek to be president. Despite the difficulties that may lie ahead for Haiti, I encourage you to continue working for Haiti and with the people of Haiti in bringing desired changes. Haiti needs you now and in the future. In the words of Albert Schweitzer, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.”
    Jkamau

  18. Way up Clef, just making an attempt can make the biggest difference! I hope the best for Wyclef Jeans future candidacy!

  19. A lot of money in the ground after the earthquake and many candidates are happy to be millionaire. As their aim pretty long time ago is out of solving the Haitian problems such as: food, education, security, investment ect…, they do not care of who exactly is the most prepared to be our leader.

    With the same constitution that we have had many years ago, anything positive has happened. Haiti is getting worst. No food, no Job, no security, no health care NOTHING.

    Haiti, my country, needs a REAL HAITIAN to be its President, not a Haitian that has been living in Haiti the last 4, 5 or 10 years, as the C.E.P said, but someone that is really interested in being part of Haitian situation. We do not need anymore people who speak Creole or French cause The Haitian problems are NOT Language Barrier; people who have an eclectic politics back ground or have been philosopher. HIATIAN PREOBLEM IS NOT where have you been studying; what is your Career, cause people with all previous quality have been in Haiti since birth, some of them have been part of the last government history and with them, YOU KNOW WHAT!!! The Haitian situation is getting worst every single day.

    WE need change;

    We really need some one who has in heart an eclectic PATRIOTISM. Some one, who can get us together to change HAITIAN LIFE White and black have unified, forget about race to elect a president that CAN really lead the United States on America. Haiti needs NOTt someone who knows a lot, but some one INTELIGENT who is passionate for a better life condition of every single Haitian.

    WE just need CHANGE.

  20. Wyclef, i too applaud your efforts and believe what the Haitian people need is someone with heart, compassion, love and desire which all lie within you! Keep your effortsup and don’t let the mnor speed bumps stop you from what your truth tells you..and you know where that lies, in your heart!

    I will be in Haiti September 23 and 24 running with purpose and bringing the gift of yoga to the people who’s lives have been affected. I am running and practicing yoga for one month to raise proceeds for children and women around the world…
    http://www.30cubed.org

    I know Haiti will be life changing but I can’t wait to give a small percentage of what you have given to you and your country!

    Namaste Alex Stoy

  21. I can’t believe these stupid haitians who are again wyclef for his effort to bring haiti a country of undevelopment into the 21st century. They claimed that he doesn’t speak french and creole, i don’t understand what about all those who speak perfect french and creole what have thery done for haiti? As i have been all over the carribean, haiti has the worst international airport. It a shame to see our country it so behind in everything. 95% of haiti doesn’t have electricity and road in order to have a safe trip. No airport in all the big cities but only one airport the whole haiti. Still we are living in the 21st century 80% of haitian can’t read and write. What have those who speak perfect french and creole done to improve the haitian system. I believe haiti will never change because these haitians that are on power are only see for their own. Wyclef thank you for your effort to bring haiti into a new generation, continue to work hard. AS a proverb say WITH FAITH IN THE DARK WE WILL SEE.

  22. [...] from running for president, he said he would continue to support recovery efforts. He said in a blog post, “Rest assured, this isn’t the end of my efforts to help improve my beloved country but [...]

  23. I can really see how Wyclef could make a difference. Look at the past 4 USA presidents. What did they do more than JUST talking? That’s what a US president does right? Talks? There is always negative feedback in politics. it wouldn’t be politics without it!

    Who would anyone out there be to tell me not to run for State Rep. of Kansas? We all have to do something to stir the pot once in a while.


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