Wyclef Jean was shot last night in his Haiti homeland on the eve of the Presidential election he sought office for last year.
According to the Daily Mail Jean suffered a gunshot wound to the hand shortly after 11 PM in the city of Delmas outside of capital Port-au-Prince and was sent to the hospital. He was later released.
A rep for Wyclef confirmed the rapper was recovering.
“We have spoken to Wyclef, he is ok,” a representative said. “Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”
The unknown gunman is still at large according to authorities.
Jean was in Haiti to support Presidential candidate Michel Martelly following his own defeat for office back in late 2010. Jean was left off the list of viable candidates for the Haitian presidency that the Council released on August 20, 2010 because he did not meet the residency requirements. At the time, the former Fugees star promised he would launch a vigorous appeal in his effort to take over the top job in his native homeland, which has struggled to recover from January’s devastating earthquake.
The attack comes hours before Haitians are set to go to polls today to pick their president. Millions of Haitians still remain homeless on the streets just a year after their country was rocked by a massive earthquake.
The 2011 Haiti election has left many Haitians in a state of disarry following the return of former President Jean-Bertrand Arisitide, who returned to the country after being exiled for seven years. Arisitide recently spoke on his return to the country.
“I think that the Haitian people are very happy,” Aristide told Democracy Now!. “Happy to know that we are on our way heading to Haiti. Happy to know that finally their dream will be fulfilled by things on the ground because they fought hard for democracy. They always wanted the return to happen and now it is happening.”
Martelly was set to face off against law professor and former first lady Mirlande Manigat.