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Wyclef Jean resigns from charity

Wyclef Jean has stepped down as leader of the embattled aid group he founded as he prepares to formally declare his candidacy for the president of Haiti.

The singer released a statement that he was resigning the chairmanship of Yele Haiti, effective immediately.

The Haitian-born, Brooklyn-raised singer is expected to officially file his election papers on Thursday at the provisional electoral council in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

The 40-year-old said by running for president "my focus on helping Haiti turn a new corner will only grow stronger".

Yele came under criticism for alleged improprieties including that it paid Jean to perform at fundraising events and bought airtime from a television station he co-owns.

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