Wyclef Jean: I Felt 'Shock and Awe' When I Was Shot

Wyclef Jean is looking on the bright side of his being shot in Haiti last week.

“It brought light to the fact that there was an election going on that day,” the hip-hop artist told PEOPLE on Saturday at the Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas. “I don’t think none of you all knew about an election in Haiti until everyone heard what happened to me.”

Wyclef Jean Shot in Haiti

As Haitians head to the polls to vote for their next president, former candidate Wyclef Jean is recovering Sunday from being shot in the hand.

“He is doing well,” his publicist, Cindy Tanenbaum, tells CNN. The Haiti-born hip-hop artist, 41, was shot in Port-au-Prince on Saturday, the night before the country’s presidential runoff election.

Wyclef Jean Gives Up Campaign to Be President of Haiti

A month after officials in Haiti barred his candidacy on legal grounds, Wyclef Jean has officially ended his bid to become the next president of the Caribbean nation where he was born.

“After weeks of quiet but painstaking reflection with my wife and daughter, I have chosen to end my bid for the presidency of Haiti,” the musician, 40, said, according to a BBC report.

Wyclef Jean Will Not Be Haiti's Next President

The hat Wyclef Jean had tossed into the political ring has been tossed back.

The Haiti-born singer-songwriter did not make the final list of approved candidates who satisfy legal requirements to run in his native country’s presidential election, an electoral official tells the Los Angeles Times. The main reason is that Jean, 39, lives primarily in New Jersey – and not on the Caribbean island.

Wyclef Jean Gets Death Threats over Haitian Candidacy: Report

He’s in not even officially a candidate yet, yet Wyclef Jean’s campaign to become president of Haiti is already proving to be a struggle.

The hip-hop artist, 40, is currently is hiding in a secret location in the Caribbean nation after receiving death threats over his proposed candidacy, according to a series of e-mails he sent to the Associated Press.

This follows criticism levied at Jean by Sean Penn, who’s been active in Haiti since the devastating earthquake in January and who has questioned Jean’s credentials.

Wyclef Jean and Sean Penn Exchange War of Words Over Haiti Presidential Run

Wyclef Jean’s bid to become the next president of Haiti has already met its first round of criticism – from Sean Penn.

The same day Jean officially launched his campaign, the Oscar winner voiced his concerns about the singer’s qualifications, alleging he mishandled $400,000 in earthquake-relief donations and has been absent in the country.

Wyclef Jean: Why I'm Running for President of Haiti

Ronald Reagan did it. Clint Eastwood, too. And the Terminator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is currently serving as governor of California.

Now Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean is hoping to become the next successful entertainer-turned-politician. Jean tells PEOPLE that this week, he plans to announce his bid to become the next president of Haiti, which will choose a new leader in November.

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Although he will be appearing via satellite from London rather than in person, Robert Pattinson will be among those joining the roster of stars for Friday’s two-hour Hope For Haiti Now television telethon organized by co-hosts George Clooney and Wyclef Jean.

Wyclef Jean Denies Charity Wrongdoing

In a tearful news conference, Wyclef Jean denied allegations he profited from his organization Yéle Haiti, his foundation to help the country recently devastated by an earthquake.

“Did we make mistakes? Yes. Did I ever use any of Yéle’s money for personal benefits? Absolutely not,” the emotional musician told reporters Monday in New York. “Yéle’s books are open and transparent, and we have been a clean bill of health by an external auditor every year since we started.”