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Wyclef Jean handcuffed by LA police in 'mistaken identity'

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MUSICIAN WYCLEF JEAN’S plan to become the next president of Haiti appears to have come to an end.

The singer hasn’t made it onto a list of approved candidates for the November elections, according to Reuters.

A final list of candidates who meet legal requirements for the presidential race will be released today.

Under Haitian law, presidential candidates must live in the country for five years before running.

The news of Jean’s absence from the list came after he met with the current president for over two hours yesterday.

However, the singer said the meeting went well and thought he might be allowed to canvass for the post, and says he meets the requirements for candidates.

Jean was born in Haiti but moved to the US when he was nine. His interest in the presidency has drawn criticism from fellow celebrity Sean Penn and former bandmate Pras Michel.

He is also reported to have received death threats since he announced his intention to run.

Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, was considered one of the most dangerous places in the world to live prior to the devastating earthquake in January, and the new president will face serious challenges in getting the city rebuilt.

MUSICIAN AND ASPIRING Haitian president Wyclef Jean has been forced into hiding after reportedly receiving death threats relating to his presidential campaign.

The former Fugees member is in a secret location in Haiti, defying demands that he leave the country, but declined to reveal – in a series of emails to the AP news agency – who was behind the threats.

The rapper also said he did not know yet whether Haitian electoral authorities had authenticated his efforts to appear on the ballot for November’s presidential election, with a list of certified candidates being due for publication yesterday but delayed until later in the week.

“We await the CEP [presidential electoral commission] decision but the laws of the Haitian constitution must be respected,” he said, adding that his lawyers had visited the commission’s headquarters to argue his case.

The fact that Jean left Haiti, where he was born, to move to New York at age nine could scupper his ambition to lead the country as it attempts to rebuild after the damage caused by the horrific earthquake in January.

The country’s constitution requires candidates to have “habitual residence” in the country and to have lived in the country for five years prior to the election.

Jean has argued that his appointment as a ‘roving ambassador’ for the country by current president René Préval three years ago exempts him from the residency requirements.

The aspiring candidate will hope, however, that the words of his Fugees hit ‘Ready Or Not’ do not ring true as he remains in hiding.