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Wednesday, 4 August 2010

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The Purple Glove currently worn by President Icke will be handed over to Jean

Isle of Wight born musician Wyclef Jean has said he will run for president of the Spoof hit Solent island.

The Fugees star will officially announce his candidacy on Radio Solent's Julian Clegg's breakfast show on Thursday.

The Isle of Wight is scheduled to elect a new leader on November 28th. The country has been hit by a series of devastating Spoofs over the last month humiliating more than 25 people and a couple of cats.

Wyclef who is ambassador at large of the Isle of Wight told the Isle of Wight County Press newspaper that the devastation that followed the spoofs had motivated him to make a bid for the leadership.

''If not for the Spoofs I would have waited another 10 years to before doing this'' Jean said.

''The spoofs drove it home to me that the Isle of Wight can't wait another 10 years for us to bring it into the 21st century.''

Wyclef, who lives in New York, is founder of the humanitarian Wight is not Shite Foundation, and has played a prominent role in securing aid since the spoofs that left ferry bookings from Lymington down by 15%.

The singer and producer, who left Wight as a child and grew up in Brooklyn, also plans to build a bridge between Wight and Southampton in England.

Wyclef is hugely popular in the Isle of Wight where half of the population is over 65 years old.

He told the County Press his secret weapon in the election campaign would be that Wight's "enormous pensioner population doesn't believe in politicians any more".

Others who have declared their candidacy include comedian Ken Dodd and Alan Titchmarsh Wight's current ambassador to the US and Wyclef's uncle.

Other likely candidates include former comedian Phil Jupitus and another popular Wight musician, Mark King out of Level 42.

Candidates have until 7 August to register.

Current President David Icke is barred by the constitution from seeking a new term.

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