*Responding to rumors that Wyclef Jean is plotting a run for the presidency of his native Haiti, the musician’s rep would neither confirm nor deny, according to the Canadian Press.
“We don’t have anything to talk about at this point, that’s for sure,” Adrienne Jacoby told The Canadian Press in a telephone interview Saturday. “I know there’s always rumors flying, but we don’t have anything definitive on our end, so if anything were to change, I’m sure a press release would be issued.”
Jacoby, of Jean’s charitable Yele Haiti Foundation, was responding to a report Saturday in an Ottawa-based newspaper that says the Haitian-born musician is poised to run for president.
French-language newspaper Le Droit reported that a source close to the Haitian government is “sure” the singer and producer will be a candidate. The newspaper claimed he’s taking steps to formalize his candidacy, which must be registered by the first week of August. It also said he’s consulting his entourage and law experts to assure that his eventual candidacy is legal.
Jean, 37, was asked Friday in an interview with Fox Business if he would run in the Nov. 28 presidential election.
“I would say right now, currently at this minute, no,” he said.
Earlier in the week, the Haitian-American, who grew up in New Jersey, addressed the issue on his Twitter page.
“Just to Clear up the rumors I have not announce (sic) to the Press that I’m Running for President of Haiti,” his tweet said.
Jean’s charity helped with relief efforts following January’s devastating earthquake, work that prompted many to ask him if we would consider leading the impoverished Caribbean nation.