Wyclef Jean (Pic:Getty Images)

Pop singer Wyclef Jean is to run for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

The ex-Fugees star, 37, is a hero in his birth country, where he was made ambassador-at-large in 2006.

He has played a major role in securing international aid since the January disaster.

Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques, ex-head of Haiti’s Chamber of Deputies, last night confirmed Wyclef would stand in November’s elections for a five-year term.

It is thought the singer will announce his candidacy tomorrow. He once recorded a song called If I Was President and was born near the capital, Port-au-Prince, but grew up in New York.

He will stand as part of a coalition calling itself Ansanm Nou Fo, meaning “together we are strong”.

But Wyclef must prove his qualifications for office.

He must have lived in the country for five years, have only Haitian citizenship, and own property there.

Watch Video of Haitian Musician Wyclef Jean Speaking to TIMES Managing Editor Rick Stengel about his plans to run for President

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