Wyclef Accuses Electoral Officials Of 'Trickery' Over Bid For President

(AllHipHop News) Wyclef Jean has lashed out at the provisional election council (CEP), claiming the body violated Haiti's constitution when they disqualified him from the upcoming Presidential race. While no reason was given, Wyclef Jean was presumably denied a bid to run because he did not meet the country's residency requirements because he has not lived in the country for five consecutive years. The rapper can appeal the ruling, although there is no higher governing body in the country other than the CEP. The AFP reports that the rapper recorded a message in Creole and distributed it to the Haitian media. "They violated the constitution to benefit their families and their friends who continue to live off the people's money," Jean charged in the message. "Are you going to continue to support people who do not respect the fundamental law of the country?"According to Wyclef, he was appointed a roving ambassador by outgoing President Rene Preval in 2007, a position which allowed him to work and live outside of Haiti.Despite the official status, the CEP barred Jean and 15 others from running in the race, which will choose a new President on November 28th. "I am going to continue to fly the flag of Haiti," Wyclef promised in the message.