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Brother: Jean intends to win election

Newark, N.J. -- Wyclef Jean's brother Samuel says the singer and activist is determined to win the upcoming presidential election in Haiti.

Wyclef Jean, 38, has said he hopes to run as Haiti's Reformist Party candidate in the island nation's Nov. 28 election. Long an advocate for Haitian issues, he was named ambassador at large in 2007 by current Haitian President Rene Preval, who plans to retire.

Jean has been particularly busy working to help Haitians since a January
earthquake rocked the region and killed an estimated 200,000 people.

Jean, a former member of the music group The Fugees, was born in Haiti and later moved with his family to New Jersey.

"He would not do this if he wasn't serious about it," Samuel Jean told The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger about the election. "He would not get involved in it if he didn't think now was the time to do it and actually affect the process in a positive way for the Haitian people."

Samuel Jean said he thinks his brother can handle the election and the position, if he wins.

"I can tell you he has the stomach for it all," Samuel Jean told the newspaper. "Throughout his career, people have always underestimated him. They told him he couldn't be successful in what he wanted to do. But he knows this is a full-contact sport and that lots of people are going to have lots of things to say. But ultimately, his focus is on the Haitian people and what he can do for them."

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