London: Hip hop star Wyclef Jean has officially filed papers to contest presidential elections in Haiti.
The Haitian-born artist told a crowd of young supporters: "The United States has Obama, here you`re going to have Wyclef."
A crowd of voters sporting red and white T-shirts gathered in the capital to escort the multi-millionaire artist as he filed his candidacy papers at the electoral council office, reports thesun.co.uk.
"We have to live together, work together to change Haiti, open more schools. I`m asking you not for money, but your power for change."
However, actor Sean Penn, who helped out in the country after the earthquake, has slammed Jean`s decision.
He said: "He has been virtually silent, for those of us in Haiti he has been a non-presence."
"So, I want to see someone who is really, really willing to sacrifice for the country and not just someone who I personally saw with a vulgar entourage of vehicles that demonstrated a wealth in Haiti that - in context - I felt a very obscene demonstration."