After Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) deemed rapper Wyclef Jean ineligible to run for the nation’s presidency, it seemed his political journey had been thwarted. Furthermore, Jean released a statement on his blog saying, “I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same.”

But only days later, Jean told The Associated Press his lawyers would appeal the council’s ruling. The married father of one also told  the AP he has a document “which shows everything is correct” and pointed to Haiti’s political cronyism as reason for his rejection.

Shawnta Watson Walcott, a pollster and pundit who conducted the 2005 presidential election poll in Haiti on behalf of the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH), said Jean is simply unprepared to lead a nation. “The CEP’s decision to exclude Jean was unfortunate but accurate. Wyclef simply didn’t meet the residency requirement as stipulated in the Haitian Constitution,” said Walcott. “Perhaps he and his legal advisors assumed there would be certain considerations made that would have allowed him to participate and that just didn’t happen.”