Due to increasing concerns for the safety of this pop idol and super star, now turned presidential candidate, the current President of Haiti, Renee Preval, requested a meeting with Mr. Jean to discuss the matter of his security on the campaign trail. During the meeting which took place on Thursday 19 August, the president offered to bolster the security detail now assigned to the candidate.
However, Mr. Jean while thanking the president for his concerns and offer of help indicated that there was in fact no need to increase the number of officers currently providing protective services.
Wyclef Jean confirmed that he has so far received about seven death threats from unknown sources in the country. Jean said that he is comfortable where he is at, in his home-town.
Since filing his papers to run for Haiti’s top government job, Wyclef Jean has been dogged by claims of ineligibility, due to a constitutional requirement for any and all presidential candidates to have been resident in the country, at least five years before an election.
However, Jean has responded by indicating that because he has been serving as a goodwill ambassador for the country, and given that the requirements for him to travel abroad to carry-out his mandate, he should not be barred from running. He argues that the fulfillment of his diplomatic duties to create awareness internationally about the plight of his nation makes it necessary for him to travel widely and thus should not be expected to always be resident on the island.
Jean who moved to the United States as a child is not a US citizen but he is the holder of a US Green Card. The constitution also does not allow persons with dual citizenship to run for president.