Wyclef Jean President
August 6, 2010 by staff
Wyclef Jean President, PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – AP- After the party hip-hop has been completed, the fans cheering their return to their tents and trucks parked overnight Chairman newly minted presidential candidate Wyclef Jean began to speak of business – promotion of Haiti and defending his own.
The harbinger of potential in November 28 elections in Haiti told the Associated Press that he supports the U.S. and the UN’s vision for rebuilding the economy of Haiti after magnitude 7 earthquake – a plan that encourages private investment in factories, agriculture and other fields.
He also responded to criticism of his personal finances, including allegations about his use of charitable funds quake, and the revelation that he must personally and 2.1 million in taxes to the United States.
“We can provide a way to get (Haitians) are out of trouble” and how this will happen (is) the education, job creation and investment in Haiti, “John said in the wide-ranging interview Thursday evening.
He spoke in a hotel room in Port-au-Prince as helpers, his wife and 5 year old daughter watched.
The Haitian-born singer, Brooklyn arises is attempting a difficult and potentially risky transformation: From international artist billionaire leader of one of the poorest countries in the world and dysfunctional – and do so by the through an election crucial and difficult.
Among the best known figures in his homeland, John – who left as a child – speaks with American accents Creole to the crowd and New York accents English at home. His annual income estimated at 18 million and more than 13,000 times the average Haitian sees in a year – assuming that this person even a job.
If he wins the presidency, the former Fugees leader said he would encourage donors to invest heavily in education. He also supported the economic vision promoted by former U.S. President Bill Clinton, UN special envoy who is in Haiti this week. These plans include the creation of jobs in the garment export industry, boost tourism and capacity building of Haitian farmers to reduce chronic dependency on the nation imports.
“President Clinton is focusing on the apparel industry and all that. I think it is great. But as agriculture is concerned,” said John. “We can work with the two components together.”
Other potential investment targets, he mentioned the mining industry which rise amid the rising price of gold and other minerals has sparked controversy in the neighboring Dominican Republic.
Jean-show jumping at the head of the prospective state also leads to some interesting moments of transition. After posting earlier age of 37, as a candidate suddenly it jumped to 40 years. On Thursday, he changed his style of urban hip-hop for a dark suit, better hide the dust and rubble handprints as he surfed the crowd to open the rally.
The world’s attention as his presidential candidacy attracts, it also reviews and criticism – turning the campaign into what John calls a combat sport. ” He said Thursday in a direct revelation published this week on the website in the U.S. The Smoking Gun on salary taxes in the United States.
“Firstly, because $ 2.1 million to the IRS show you how much money Wyclef Jean is one year,” he said, promising to publish an account of his finances online and pay the money he owes.
The singer also aid fumed when told that the actor Sean Penn, who was running a camp for earthquake survivors in the Haitian capital since the spring, had accused John of not spending enough time Haiti after the earthquake and the diversion and 400,000 and 9,000,000 of his charity, Yéle Haiti, raised after the disaster.
“I just want Sean Penn to understand I am a Haitian, born in Haiti and I was coming from my country (I was) a child,” he said. “He might just want to pick up the phone and answer, so he understands the man. ”
John resigned his chairmanship of Yele Thursday ahead of its candidate for office. The organization has been accused of pre-earthquake financial irregularities that have benefited from the singer.
Before the campaign can begin, John must be allowed to run in Haiti, eight members of the Provisional Electoral Council. Among the requirements they must meet is proof that he never renounced his Haitian citizenship by holding another – namely, the United States – passport, and was a resident of Haiti the last five years – which, by most accounts, he did not.
The campaign will argue that Haitian Ambassador Jean status as an individual, a position he obtained in 2007, exempts him not having spent more time in the country recently.
If approved, the particular brand of Haiti from the Byzantine and often brutal political will really begin. the charisma of John and popularity in the vast slums of Port-au-Prince could draw comparisons – some favorable, some not – the wildly popular, but the division former President Aristide, Jean-Bertrand, who was transported to exile in Africa aboard a U.S. aircraft during a bloody 2004 rebellion.
On Thursday, John took the stage at his rally as supporters chanted a song traditionally pro-Aristide, replacing the name of the exiled leader Jean. Asked what prompted this particular air, John said he had not chosen.
The singer finally sees himself as a champion of young people facing Haiti. Officially under the banner of the party Viv Ansanm – whose name means “living together” – John is more promotion of its youth movement called “a FAS Fas, which means” face to face.
“Even if I lose, I win,” he said. “It gives us the opportunity to be a voice to talk to government about what is happening.”
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