Washington: Singer Wyclef Jean`s uncle, Raymond Joseph— who is Haiti`s ambassador to the US—has said that he will run for president of Haiti this autumn.
Joseph has said that he will formally announce his candidacy next week, hinting that he would be campaigning alongside his immensely popular nephew— the hip-hop singer.
But he didn’t spill any beans on whether Jean might run for president, citing respect for the Jean family’s privacy.
However, he did say that the two wouldn`t run against each other.
“No, I wouldn’t say running against, I would say running parallel,” the Christian Science Monitor quoted Joseph, ambassador since in 2005, as speaking by telephone.
Wycelf, who was appointed Haiti’s ambassador-at-large in 2007 and holds a diplomatic passport, has encouraged his uncle to run for president.
“I am not running for president of Haiti,” he said at an event in September 2009, adding that he wished that his uncle Raymond Joseph would, according to an article on BET.com.
In a recent interview, Wyclef said that he intended to be involved in the Nov. 28 election, but not necessarily as a candidate.
"Do I have political intentions? At this time no,” he said.