Wyclef Jean has confirmed that he will run for the presidency of Haiti later this year.
Jean told Time magazine: "My decision was a draft — I’m being drafted by the youth, meaning that, as a Haitian citizen, if I’m to just stand back for another five years, for everything that I stand up [for] and just watch this country get toppled, after going on the ground picking up bodies — dead bodies of kids — then I won’t be able to sleep at night."
The modest rapper - who emigrated to New York from Haiti as a child - went on to compare himself with Haitian revolutionary Toussaint L'Ouverture: "I say, well, as a modern-day Toussaint Louverture, if he was here today, what he would say is: dual citizenship for all Haitians that have left the country. And they should have a seat within the voting because they are the ones that are holding up the Haitian economy.”
Wyclef, through his charity Yele Haiti, has helped raise millions of dollars for the poverty-stricken nation in the wake of the devastating earthquake in February of this year. The charity was later investigated for financial irregularities.
Skeptical about after hearing about the supposedly-corrupt charity. Still, he seems pretty sincere from what I've read, I hope he (or whoever will be elected) will be able to pull the country out of this s*it that it's in now.