Wyclef Jean, President!

Wyclef Jean to Run for President of Haiti.

Jean told TIME he is going to announce his candidacy for the Nov. 28 election just days before the Aug. 7 deadline. One plan that was discussed, loaded with as much Mosaic symbolism as a news cycle can hold, called for him to declare his candidacy on Aug. 5 upon arriving in Port-au-Prince from New York City, where he grew up after leaving Haiti with his family at age 9. “If not for the earthquake, I probably would have waited another 10 years before doing this,” Jean says. “The quake drove home to me that Haiti can’t wait another 10 years for us to bring it into the 21st century.” Jean sees no contradiction between his life as an artist and his ambitions as a politician. “If I can’t take five years out to serve my country as President,” he argues, “then everything I’ve been singing about, like equal rights, doesn’t mean anything.”

If a man who once performed in movies with a chimpanzee can become President of the United States, and the Terminator can run California, there’s no reason that a member of the Fugees cannot become President of Haiti. If anything, it will focus the media cameras back on Haiti’s post-earthquake plight as he runs for President.