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Haitian Singer Mulls Presidential Bid


Haitian-born musician and humanitarian Wyclef Jean is considering running for president of Haiti.

Jean's family released a statement Tuesday, saying that the Grammy Award-winning musician is "committed to his homeland," but he has not formally announced an intent to run for president of the earthquake-shattered nation.

In an interview with CNN, Jean, who grew up in the United States, said he has filled out the necessary paperwork in case he does decide to move forward with a candidacy. Presidential candidates have until August 7 to register.

Jean is the founder of the Yele Haiti Foundation, a charity for Haiti that has been active in rebuilding efforts following the devastating earthquake in January.

Current Haitian President René Preval is ineligible to run for a third term.

Mr. Preval has set the country's presidential and legislative elections for November 28.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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