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Thursday 21 August 2014

Pras not backing Wyclef's Haiti bid

Pras doesn't want Wyclef Jean to be Haiti president

Wyclef Jean's presidential bid in Haiti has received criticism from his childhood friend and fellow Fugees bandmate, Pras.

The Haitian-born musician says he will not back Wyclef because he lacks a definitive plan to bring the island nation into the 21st century.

"You've got 1.2 million people living in tent city right now. What are the plans to get these people out?" Pras said of the survivors of the January earthquake.

Pras plans to support Wyclef's opponent, Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly, who he said is better suited to run the country.

"He's more popular in Haiti than Wyclef," said Pras.

Wyclef is currently regarded as the front-runner in the country's election, due on November 28. But he has come under scrutiny since officially announcing his candidacy Thursday.

Sean Penn has accused Wyclef of not spending enough time in Haiti after the quake and misappropriating 400,000 dollars of the nine million dollars his charity, Yele Haiti, raised after the disaster.

Wyclef said on Thursday: "I just want Sean Penn to fully understand I am a Haitian, born in Haiti and I've been coming to my country ever since (I was) a child."

Pras said Wyclef uses a private jet for his frequent trips to Haiti and that he wondered why he doesn't take a commercial flight, since the money saved can help displaced families.

He added he loves Wyclef "dearly," but he doesn't support his policies.

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