A contestant on the upcoming series of The Bachelorette has died in a tragic paragliding accident!

Katy Perry destroyed a 5-year-old kid's birthday party to film scenes for her new music video!

Wyclef Jean supports friend's Haiti bid

2011-02-17 20:14
 

Port-Au-Prince - Hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean endorsed the candidacy of popular carnival singer Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly in his bid to become the next president of Haiti.

The Ex-Fugees hip hop frontman, whose own presidential campaign was rejected by election officials last year, said he decided to endorse his longtime friend because he's technologically savvy and has a charismatic personality that will "help raise money with the donors".

"My endorsement is not based on the fact he's just my friend. That would have been an emotional thing," Jean told The Associated Press after making his announcement on Wednesday at a hotel in Port-au-Prince.

Martelly, the no 2 finisher in November's presidential election, faces top vote-getter Mirlande Manigat, a 70-year-old former first lady, in a March 20 runoff critical to Haiti's post-earthquake reconstruction.

Campaigning with Martelly

Martelly flanked Jean during his endorsement and afterward thanked the Grammy Award winner, who is an influential figure in the poor Caribbean country of his birth.

Born on the outskirts of Haiti's capital, Jean grew up in New York and lives in New Jersey.

Jean said he plans on campaigning with Martelly on and off during the next month. He told AP he would not seek a government position in a Martelly administration.

Martelly last year secured the endorsement of Jean's former Fugees bandmate Pras Michel during Jean's own candidacy to become successor to outgoing President Rene Preval,

Official campaigning for the runoff election, originally slated for January, is set to begin on Thursday. The final vote count - the naming of Haiti's next president - is not foreseen until April 16.

- SAPA

Read more on:    michel martelly  |  haiti  |  celebrities  |  music
NEXT ON CHANNEL24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Recent News

Britain's baby Prince George has stepped out in public with his parents for the first time in Australia, for an encounter with wildlife at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. Read More »

Royal watchers are scrutinising the duchess of Cambridge on her New Zealand tour after husband Prince William appeared to hint a second baby is on the way. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.