Rap star wants to be president

Hip hop star Wyclef Jean is set to enter the race to become President of Haiti.

An impoverished island in the Caribbean, Haiti suffered a tragic earthquake earlier this year. The enormous tremor shook the island, and was centred on the crowded capital of Port-au-Prince.

Thousands were killed, with the island almost reduced to rubble. Aid teams flooded in from across the world, with fund raising events in the West raising countless millions for the tiny Caribbean island.

Throughout the campaigns Wyclef Jean pushed efforts forward. The rapper was born on the outskirts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, but was raised in Brooklyn.

Famous through his work with The Fugees, Wyclef Jean has acted as a political figure on the island before. Now the rapper is widely expected to announce that he will compete in the upcoming Presidential elections.

The polls are scheduled for November 28th, and due to the country's laws current president Rene Preval cannot seek re-election. To run, all Wyclef Jean needs to do is prove that he has lived in Haiti for five years and has not been a citizen of any other country.

Reports in the United States suggest that Wyclef Jean will make the announcement on CNN's Larry King Live show.

Of course, Wyclef Jean wasn't the only musician from Haiti who spoke out about the disaster. Arcade Fire star Régine Chassagne was born on the island, and wrote a passionate defence of Haiti for fans.

It's not known who else will be running in the election.

Of course, the relief effort is ongoing. For more information on donating money to the Haiti aid campaign click HERE.

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