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Singer Wyclef Jean says he is in “hiding” after receiving death threats since announcing his plans to run for president of Haiti.

Jean told The Associated Press he had received a series of warnings, including a phone call telling him to “get out of Haiti”.

The singer’s plans have stirred controversy in the Caribbean country with his ex-bandmate Pras Michel and actor Sean Penn among those criticising his bid.

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Haiti’s electoral commission has also postponed its ruling on who will be allowed to run for president until 20 August.

Delayed announcement
The commission have said they need more time to consider the applications of those who want to run.

There is a question mark over whether Jean qualifies to run for president under Haitian laws which stipulate a candidate must have lived in the country for five consecutive years. Jean has not.

Read entire article at BBC.uk

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