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In Haiti, Singer Wyclef Jean's Electoral Eligibility Remains In Question

Singer Wyclef Jean in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on August 6, 2010. As he awaits word on his electoral eligibility, Jean is in hiding, fearing death threats. Thony Belizaire/AFP hide caption

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Earlier this month, singer Wyclef Jean declared his candidacy for the presidency of Haiti. Having filed the requisite paperwork, he must wait for the CEP, Haiti's electoral commission, to rule on his eligibility.

As we reported, Jean may have trouble meeting all of the requirements set forth in the Haitian constitution. Candidates must "be the owner in Haiti of at least one real property and have his habitual residence in the country" and "have resided in the country for five (5) consecutive years before the date of the elections."

The CEP was expected to announce its decision yesterday, but The Associated Press reports the commission now plans to publish an official list of candidates on Friday.

According to the wire service, "the delay was the latest turn in the fledgling presidential race in this earthquake-torn country."

Jean — one of dozens of candidates vying for the office — said he was in hiding Tuesday after receiving death threats.

The musician disclosed the threats in a series of e-mails to The Associated Press, revealing few details. Jean said he received a phone call telling him to get out of Haiti and that he was in hiding in a secret location in the Caribbean country.