Wyclef Jean said he will appeal the Haitian electoral ruling that disqualified his presidential bid.
"After careful consideration and much soul-searching, I have made the decision to contest Haiti's board of elections' pronouncement stating that I am ineligible to run for the presidency of the country," Jean said in a statement Sunday. "I will be seeking a solution through legal channels, and I urge my countrymen to be patient through this process."
Jean said he will send a lawyer to a Haitian court Monday with documentation showing he is eligible to be a candidate.
Haitian election officials disqualify Wyclef Jean's run for presidency
He also tweeted Sunday: "We have met all the requirements set by the laws. And the law must be respected."
Haitian election officials disqualified Jean on Friday, but did not give a reason. However, Jean said in his statement that officials ruled he was not a resident of the earthquake-ravaged country. Election rules stipulate that candidates must have lived in Haiti for the past five years. Jean and his family left Haiti for New York when he was 9 years old and now resides primarily in New Jersey.
Following the committee's ruling Friday, Jean said he respectfully accepted the decision and urged his supporters to do the same. But on Sunday, Jean said he "cannot in good conscience give up my quest to lead Haiti to the greatness I know in my heart we are capable of reaching."
"I cannot surrender now, simply because an obstacle has been set before me; now is the time I must stand up and show Haiti — and the world — that my vision of a nation renewed and redeveloped is a vision for which I am willing to fight," he said.
Wyclef Jean announces candidacy for president of Haiti on Larry King Live
The singer, who became an official Haitian ambassador-at-large in 2007, announced his plans to run for president of Haiti on Larry King Live earlier this month. At the time, Jean said he met all requirements to run and said his priorities included improving education and rebuilding the country's infrastructure, as well as focusing on security, jobs and health care.