"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.
Jean had been told he didn't meet the residency requirements for a presidential run, since he has lived in the U.S. for years. But he continued to appeal the decision, he said, to shine a light on the nation's electoral process.
"The appeal was meant to improve the electoral process for all, candidates and voters alike," he says. "It is one way that I hope to bring light to the functioning of a government that is often ranked as one of the most corrupt on the planet, resulting in a country that is by most measures the poorest in the Western world."
Jean plans to release an album next year called If I Were President: The Haitian Experience. "Some battles are best fought off the field, and that is where we take this now," he now says.