Wyclef Jean: Haitians abroad should get to vote

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (AP) - Hip hop artist and presidential candidate Wyclef Jean says that if he is elected he will work to change Haiti’s constitution to allow dual citizenship and give Haitians living abroad the right to vote.

The former Fugees frontman tells The Associated Press that Haitians abroad “should have the right to vote in their country,” especially since they send billions in remittances to family members.

Currently, Haitians who emigrate can only hold citizenship in one country and must renounce their Haitian citizenship if they become citizens of another.

Wyclef, who was born in Haiti but raised in New York City, spoke to the AP Saturday night at a Port-au-Prince airport. He was arriving in Haiti after a concert in Belgium.

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