After much rumor and speculation, The 40 year old singer/politician has confirmed that he is indeed running for presidency in his native country of Haiti. Wyclef has been an advocate for his country for a long time now and felt it was time he held the country in the palm of his hands. After numbers showed more than 200,000 people were killed and left homeless after the Haitian earthquake, Wyclef knew he had to get more involved.
“The suffering of the people of Haiti, the youth of Haiti—which is the majority of the population—can’t take another five years of the corruption that’s been going on for the past 200 years. This is why I’m running,” Jean tells PEOPLE magazine. “Automatically, when people first see me they’re going to say, ‘Isn’t that the guy from the Fugees?’” says Jean. “But I’m hoping that next they’ll say, ‘OK. He knows what he’s talking about.’”