PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - In a radio interview, Haiti's new president, Michel Martelly, announced that the presidency will not prevent him from performing at several upcoming shows.
"The moment I entered the presidential race, I knew there was a possibility I would have to give up my music," said the popular recording artist. "After careful considerations, I have concluded that I can do both."
According to close aides, the decision by Martelly to do his music work on the side was greatly influenced by hundreds of fans who urged the former entertainer to continue with his musical career.
"Last week, I appeared onstage with CaRiMi and, I'm not gonnal lie, I equally miss the fans, the energy and the ambiance," said Martelly, dusting off his Yamaha Motif XS keyboard. "My fellow Haitians, I assure you I can play many gigs without letting them affect my administration."
In response to concerns from skeptics who are wondering whether the newly elected candidate will be able to juggle a presidency and musical engagements, Martelly promises he will complete all of his presidential responsibilities by Friday to "have the weekends off."
While faithful fans rejoice, critics immediately condemned the decision saying Martelly should focus solely on rebuilding the nation instead of making audiences dance all night to pulsating Kompa rhythms.
"Martelly ought to wait after his term to resume his lifelong passion for music," opposition leader Lamarre Israel said. "We'll likely overthrow him in a coup d'etat in a year or so. It won't be long wait."
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