Wyclef Jean injured in Haiti election clamor

By Kase Wickman
Sunday, March 20, 2011 19:07 EDT
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Hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean, who attempted to run for the presidency of Haiti, was injured Sunday morning in Port-au-Prince. There are conflicting reports about the nature of his wounds, though all parties agree they are non life-threatening.

Jean claims he was shot in the hand, while local police say he cut his hand on broken glass.

“The way I can explain it is that the bullet grazed me in my right hand,” Jean told the New York Daily News. “I heard blow, blow, blow and I just looked at my hand.”

“We met with the doctor who saw him and he confirmed Wyclef was cut by glass,” a local police chief told Reuters.

Only 23 percent of Haiti’s 4.7 million eligible voters turned out, and some are already calling for a re-vote in this runoff election between singer Michel Martelly, 50, and former first lady Mirlande Manigat, 70.

Image via WikiMedia Commons.

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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