Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean shot in Haiti

Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean performs at a campaign rally for presidential candidate Michel Martelly in Gonaives, Haiti. Haiti will hold a presidential runoff election on March 20. (AP)

Wyclef Jean, American singer, producer and humanitarian has been shot in Haiti while campaigning for presidential candidate Michel Martelly during the country’s elections.

The 41-year-old singer is doing well though, with his management taking to micro blogging site earlier today to issue a statement saying: “We have spoken to Wyclef, he is ok. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.”

The former member of the music group, The Fugees, is reportedly in stable condition in hospital in Port-au-Prince on Sunday, being treated for a bullet wound to his right hand.

Jean’s spokespersonm Joe Mignon, senior programme director for the singer’s Yele Foundation issued a statement to Fox News, with a detailed account, saying: “Jean was shot in the hand after 11pm local time Saturday in the city of Delmas, just outside Port-au-Prince.”

Jean’s brother, Samuel, confirmed the musician was shot. Neither he nor Mignon had additional details.

The shooting comes as polls open for a presidential run-off on the Caribbean island on Sunday, when 4.7 million voters in the earthquake ravaged country will choose between a political newcomer, entertainer and singer Martelly, 50, and former first lady Mirlande Manigat, 70, a law professor and opposition matriarch.

The singer had famously declared last year that he would stand for president, only to be told he was ineligible.

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