Wyclef Jean Not on Approved List for Haiti Election

Prospective President of Haiti Wyclef Jean and his wife Marie Claudinette Jean greet supporters after signing papers to declare his candidacy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Aug. 5.

Haiti hip-hop star Wyclef Jean is not on the list of approved candidates who satisfy legal requirements to run in a Nov. 28 presidential election, a member of the provisional electoral council said Thursday.

"He is not on the list as I speak," the council official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters. He said the country's electoral disputes bureau had ruled that Jean's candidacy did not meet several legal requirements.

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The provisional electoral council was due to formally publish the list of approved candidates Friday.

Singer-songwriter Jean, 40, who is widely popular in his impoverished and earthquake-ravaged homeland, had filed documents with the council this month to run as a candidate for the November election. He was among 34 contenders for the presidency who filed initial candidacy bids.

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