Wyclef Jean shot during campaigning in Haiti

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Published: Sunday, March 20, 2011, 14:15 [IST]
 
Wyclef Jean shot in Haiti

Port-au-Prince, Mar 20: Popular Haitian musician and hip-hop star Wyclef Jean, has been shot. The singer/performer was attacked at in the Haitian capital while he was campaigning for the presidential candidate Michel Martelly. He suffered injuries to his right hand when the bullet pieced him and his condition is believed to be stable.

A member of the music group 'The Fugees', he is also a politician and had filed his nomination in the Presidential elections in 2010. He was later disqualified for not having been a resident of Haiti for 5 years. After the debacle, he was campaigning vigorously for Martelly.

Haiti has slowly started crawling back to life after a deadly earthquake ripped the Caribbean country resulting in a death toll of around 92,000 people and thousands homeless.

The Presidential elections to be held today (Mar 20) will see 4.7 million voters choose their leader. The top contenders are Michel Martelly, a singer and entertainer and a recent arrival in the political scene and Mirlande Manigat, the former first lady and a law professor by profession.

The first round of voting on Nov 28 was marred by allegations and unrest. The elections are being supported by the United Nations to choose the people's leader for a country that is constantly disaster-stricken and is considered the world's poorest .

The 41 year old singer wanted to bring reforms in the regime. His staff declared through twitter, "We have spoken to Wyclef, he is ok. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers."

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