(AllHipHop News) Founding Fugees member Pras Michel was in New York City to screen the documentary Sweet Micky For President at the Crosby Street Hotel. The film follows Pras’ return to his home country of Haiti after the 2010 earthquake in order to support presidential candidate Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly.
At one point during a Q&A at the event, Pras responded to a commenter in the audience on the lack of progress in Haiti under President Martelly. The Grammy-winning rapper expressed not being content with the current living conditions in the Caribbean nation. Pras also discussed his decision to endorse Martelly instead of fellow Fugees member Wyclef Jean.
“I’m not here to bash Haiti, but I’m going to be honest with you. The same way I supported Michel 1 million percent – I supported Michel not because it was Michel. I supported him for the people,” stated Pras. “The reason I didn’t back Wyclef is because I’d rather lose one friend and save 15 million Haitians, than to lose 15 million Haitians and gain one friend. That’s my philosophy.”
In 2010, Wyclef filed papers to run for the presidency in Haiti. His bid for candidacy was rejected by the Provisional Electoral Council, because it was determined he did not meet the residency requirement. Martelly was sworn in as Haiti’s President in May 2011.
Watch Pras’ appearance at the Sweet Micky For President screening below.