Wyclef Jean officially calls off Haiti presidential bid

Singer will instead release an election-themed album

Wyclef Jean has confirmed he will not run in the Haiti presidential campaign.

The singer, who announced his intentions to run in August, has faced problems registering his candidacy due to him not living in the country for the five years before the election, as is required by authorities.

Speaking about his decision to officially pull out, Jean said: “After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti.”

He added that him pulling out was “not an easy conclusion to reach”.

The Fugees singer now plans to release an album entitled ‘If I Were President: The Haitian Experience’ next year, reports BBC News.

Jean currently lives in the US. Although born in Haiti, he moved to New Jersey aged nine.