Wyclef Jean resigns from charity before Haiti campaign

The singer, expected to file election papers this afternoon, steps down from his criticized aid foundation

Published August 5, 2010 6:40PM (EDT)

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 Thursday.

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

The 40-year-old Jean 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 air time from a television station he co-owns.

By Associated Press

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