Wyclef Jean files papers to stand for Haiti president

| 06/08/2010

(BBC): Hip hop star Wyclef Jean has formally registered to stand for president of his native Haiti as it rebuilds after the devastating January earthquake. Dozens of supporters greeted him as he arrived with his wife and daughter at an electoral council office in the capital, Port-au-Prince. The deadline to file candidacy papers for the 28 November poll is Saturday. Mr Jean, who lives in the US, will now have to prove he is eligible to run under Haitian law. A review board will verify that hiscandidacy meets constitutional requirements, including having lived in Haiti for five consecutive years leading up to the election and never having held foreign citizenship. The singer, who grew up in the US, holds a Haitian passport and has US residency.

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